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    American Legion Oratorical Contest

    Offered by The American Legion

    Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Apr 4, 2024
    Multiple awards worth up to


    Grade level

    High School Students

    Application deadline:


    Scholarship Overview

    Are you a high school student passionate about the U.S. Constitution? If so, you may be interested in the American Legion Oratorical Contest! The contest is open to high school students age 20 or younger who write and recite a speech related to the U.S. Constitution.  The American Legion created the contest to encourage appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students and invite a deeper understanding of it.

    Participating students will first partake in the contest at the post level, with those making it past moving to the state competition. Those making it past the first round of the state level will earn at least $2,000, and the winner of the national competition will make $25,000. If you are passionate about the U.S. Constitution and want to enter a speech contest to earn money for college, we encourage you to apply!

    Bear in mind that each state has its own deadline, so we recommend checking your state’s American Legion website before applying.

    About The American Legion

    The American Legion is a non-profit organization headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, and dedicated to supporting American veterans and their families.

    Eligibility information

    This scholarship is open to students meeting the below eligibility criteria.

    Grade Level

    High School Students


    U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents

    Academic Interest

    Political Science, History




    Applicants must be under the age of 20.

    Application information

    To apply for this scholarship, students must submit an online application and create and recite an 8-10 minute-long speech on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with some emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our government. Applicants may also be asked to recite a 3-5 minute speech on an assigned topic as part of the competition. For specific rules and regulations, check out the guide on the website.

    8-10 minute-long speech on the U.S. Constitution

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    Scholarship FAQ

    Is this scholarship open to international students?

    No, this scholarship is only open to U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents.

    Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

    For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact The American Legion at [email protected].

    Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

    For help writing the essay component of this scholarship application, check out our guides How to Write a Winning Scholarship Essay and How to Start a Scholarship Essay (With Examples).

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