The American High School
Oratorical Scholarship Program
"A Constitutional Speech Contest"
The contest was developed primarily to instill a better knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States in high school students. Other objectives include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship.
The program is to assist students in paying the high cost of a college education. The American Legion Life Insurance Committee provides the scholarship money for the program. The first place winner takes home $18,000 and the next two finishers receive $16,000 and $14,000. First round participants in the National Contest receive a $1,500 scholarship. Second round participants who do not advance to the final round will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship.
To see examples of contest performances and information regarding the current year contest, click on the following link: Oratorical Contest