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Program Overview

The American Legion’s National High School Oratorical Scholarship Program – “A Constitutional Speech Contest” aims to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students.

Scholarships totaling $5,000 will be awarded to students taking part in the state contest. The state winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship, plus an expenses paid trip to Indianapolis, Indiana, to compete in the National Finals Contest for a part of the $203,500 national scholarship pool.

Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights and privileges of American citizenship.

If you are a high school student who would like to participate, or a teacher or parent of a student who would like to participate, please use this website to gain a better understanding of the contest.

To apply for the contest, download the application form in the “Student Application” section above and return it to your local Post, Unit, Squadron or District Contest Chairman as instructed. Remember all applications must be received by the State Contest Chairman by January 31st each year. Contestants must be certified by their sponsor by February 15th to compete in the contest held in March.

For more information – or for assistance locating a sponsor – please select “Contact Us Now” from the menu above.