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American Legion Oratorical Contest

Offered by The American Legion

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Sep 27, 2023
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

The contest is open to high school students under 20 years of age who meet the below eligibility requirements.

Grade Level

High School Students


US Citizens, Permanent Residents

Academic Interest

Political Science, History



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

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].

Is this scholarship open to international or DACA students?

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

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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