American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program
"A Constitutional Speech Contest"
We Legionnaires are proud of our organization, and we are particularly proud of our youth activities which we feel offer so much in the development of our country's young people. Few organizations can match in dimension the youth service program carried on by The American Legion under the direction of its National Americanism Commission.
The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship program sponsored since 1938 by The American Legion, is designed to install a greater knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States in high school students.
Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights and privileges of American citizenship.
Each contestant must give a prepared oration on some phase of the U.S. Constitution, giving emphasis to the duties and obligations of a citizen to his/her government.
To date, more than $3 million in scholarships have been awarded at the national level by The American Legion to contestants in The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program. The three national finalists receive $18,000, $16,000 and $14,000 respectively. In addition, contestants who win their state finals contest and represent their state at the national contests will receive no less than $1,500 in scholarship funds.
Pacifica American Legion Post 238 is proud to support the American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program and invite high school students from our local public and private high schools in our area to participate.
Contact: Post Commander, at 650-355-4346 for more information.