The American Legion National Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. Since 1938 the program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights, and privileges of American citizenship.


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 $22,000. Those who advance past the first round receive an additional $2,000 scholarship. The American Legion awards the scholarships, which can be used at any college or university in the United States.


All high school students under the age of 20 are eligible to participate. Competition begins at the local Post level and advances to a state competition. One State winner advances to the national contest in Indianapolis, Indiana where the top three finishers are determined.


Speaking subjects must be on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with some emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our form of government. Speeches are eight to 10 minutes long: three to five minute speeches on an assigned topic also are part of the contest.


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