$1,500 to $18,000 awarded annually, non-renewable. Scholarship awards are presented to the three finalists in the final round of the National Contest as follows: first place, $18,000; second place, $16,000; and third place, $14,000. Each department/state winner who is certified into and participates in the first round of the National Contest will receive a $1,500 scholarship. Each first round winner who advances to and participates in the second round, but does not advance to the final round, will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship to pursue education beyond high school.
53 awards offered annually.
The National Organization of The American Legion will pay the travel and lodging expenses of state winners and their chaperones to the National Contest. All contestants must be accompanied by a chaperone over 21 years of age. The National Finals will be held April 15-17, in Indianapolis, IN, at the Wyndham Indianapolis West Hotel. All contestants and chaperones will arrive the Friday of the contest weekend. All contestants and chaperones will stay at the official contest hotel. A mandatory pre-contest orientation session for all contestants will take place the Friday evening of the contest weekend. A banquet honoring all contestants will be held Sunday afternoon, following the national championship contest. All contestants and chaperones will depart for home later that afternoon.
Additional information regarding this contest is available on the American Legion website. The student must compose a speech on an assigned topic (available by clicking the 'Assigned Topics' link) as ... sign up for full scholarship deadline information.