About the Scholarship

The National High School Oratorical Contest is organized by the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, which is committed to mentoring the youth and sponsoring wholesome programs in communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow servicemembers and veterans.

The National High School Oratorical Contest is a speech contest consisting of a prepared oration,  stretching for 8-10 minutes, along with a speech on the assigned topic, stretching for 3-5 minutes.

The Local and State level contests are contested by the national Americanism and Children & Youth Division.


How to Apply?

In order to apply for the National High School Oratorical Contest, the applicants need to prepare an oration on one of the aspects of the constitution of the applicant's choice that would last for 8-10 minutes.

In addition to the oration, the applicant also needs to prepare a speech on a topic assigned by the American Legion, that stretches up to 3-5 minutes long.


Scholarship Amount

The National High School Oratorical Contest provides non-renewable prize money of $18000 to the winner of the contest.

The runners-up are awarded as follows:

  • $16000 to the 2nd place holder
  • $14000 to the 3rd place holder
  • $1500 to the winners of the first-round and second-round, separately

The Contest presents 53 awards each year.


Deadline Information

The National High School Oratorical Contest applicants need to apply for the contest on or before the deadline date of February 1, 2020.


Eligibility Criteria

The criteria through which National High School Oratorical Contest determines its eligibility are:

  • The applicant must be a high school student at the time of the application.

  • The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident.

  • The applicant must be under the age of 20.

  • The applicant must be a U.S. student.

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