American Legion National High School Oratorical Contest Scholarship
The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Young orators earn some of the most generous college scholarships available to high school students. Over $203,500 in scholarships can be awarded each year.
- The overall national contest winner gets a $25,000 scholarship.
- Second place takes home $22,500,.
- Third gets $20,000.
- Each department (state) winner who is certified into and participates in the national contest’s first round receives a $2,000 scholarship. Those who advance past the first round receive an additional $2,000 scholarship.
The American Legion’s National Organization awards the scholarships, which can be used at any college or university in the United States. High school students under age 20 are eligible.
Contest Speech Details
Speaking subjects must be on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with some emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our government. Speeches are eight to 10 minutes long; three- to five-minute speeches on an assigned topic also are part of the contest.
Check the website for more details on the contest and the deadline.