Les Wagner, Commander of the VFW Post 6751 of Geneva, Indiana, is shown presenting Isaiah Wellman, junior at Bellmont High School, with a certificate and a $200 check from VFW Post 6751 and a $100 check from the VFW 4th District as a recipient of this year’s Voice of Democracy scholarship program.
To earn his recognition and scholarship award, Wellman’s essay was chosen as the Geneva VFW Post 6751 winner from all submissions received. Wellman then went on to receive accolades as the 4th District Winner (northeast Indiana). His essay was submitted as part of Mike Riehm’s AP U.S. History course. Riehm is Wellman’s social studies teacher at Bellmont High School.
Since 1947, the Voice of Democracy has been the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW’s) premier scholarship program. Each year, nearly 57,000 high school students compete for more than $2 million in scholarships and incentives. Students compete by writing and recording an audio essay on an annual patriotic theme. This year’s theme was, Is This the Country the Founders Envisioned?
“We wish to congratulate Isaiah on his recognition as this year’s Voice of Democracy award recipient,” shared Bryan Lineberry, social studies teacher and military families liaison for Bellmont High School. “We would also add our deepest appreciation to the VFW for their continued support of area students and service to our country.”