Oratorical Scholarship Competition

American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program

What is the Oratorical Scholarship Contest?
The Constitutional Speech Contest, an 85-year-old program, exists to a develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution.  Since 1938, the academic speaking challenge has presented participants with important life skills:

  • Leadership qualities
  • History of our nation’s laws
  • Ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently
  • Understanding of the rights and privileges of American citizenship

During the six-year history of Post 178, four (4) of the sponsored Frisco students have advanced to the Division level contest.

Young orators can earn generous scholarships.  At the national contest, $203,500 in scholarships are awarded each year.  The national winner gets $25,000, second place $22,500 and third place $20,000.  There is also an opportunity to earn $2,000 scholarships depending on participation levels.  At the state level $5,000 is awarded to the participants.  Scholarships can be used at any U.S. college or university.

Contest Details

9th – 12th graders.  High school students must be under age 20.  Competition levels include Post, District, Division, Department (State) and National.  Speaking subjects must be on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with some emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our government.  Speeches are 8 – 10 minutes long and assigned extemporaneous speeches are 3 -5 minutes long.  The purpose of the assigned topic is to test the speaker’s knowledge of the subject, the extent of his or her research and the ability to discuss the topic.  The topic will be one of four U.S. Constitutional amendments. An assigned topics list will be available before each contest level. All contestants are required to speak in English.

Eligibility – Contestants Must Be:

  • Citizen or lawful permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Under the age of 20 years on the date of the national contest presently enrolled in a middle/high school, (public, parochial, military, private or state-accredited home school)
  • Early graduates are eligible to compete if not enrolled in higher learning institution
  • Legally domiciled within or attend an educational institution within Texas

Other Information:

  • Post 178 can advance up to four (4) contestants to the District level.
  • Post contest in Dec., District in Jan., Division in Feb., State in Mar., National in Apr.
  • Participants are responsible for expenses at Post, District and Division levels.
  • Each participant will need to complete a registration form before participation.
  • Additional web sites: legion.org/oratorical/about | txlegion.org/programs/oratorical
  • Contact Ed Reed | 972-974-4608