National High School Oratorical Contest

Award Amount


Application Deadline

Friday, March 18, 2016

Awarded By

American Legion

Award Amount

$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.

Deadline Info

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.