American Legion sponsors scholarship program

Local high school students have the opportunity to pursue the American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program “A Constitutional Speech Contest,” which is designed to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of 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.
Scholarship awards are presented to the three finalists in the final round of the national contest as follows: 1st place – $18,000; 2nd place – $16,000.; 3rd 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.
The scholarships awarded by the national organization of The American Legion to the three finalists, to the Department winners, and to the first round winners who are eliminated during the second round of competition may be used to attend any college or university in the United States.
In addition to the scholarships awarded by the national organization, there are several hundred scholarships awarded at the discretion of the intermediate organizations, to participants at post, district or county, and department levels of competition.
This program can be one of the most gratifying and satisfying of any that a American Legion Post takes part in. It will provide those competing the opportunity to attain scholarships at the State and National levels. The Department and National American Legion pay all expenses beyond the District contest.
Eligible participants in the contest shall be citizens of or lawful permanent residents of the United States. All contestants must be bona fide students herein described as any student under the age of 20 years on the date of the national contest who is presently enrolled in a high school or junior high school (public, parochial, military, private, or home school) in which the curriculum is considered to be of high school level, commencing with grade nine and terminating with grade 12. Students must be enrolled in high school or junior high school during the time of participation at any level of the contest.
High school students that graduate early during the school year are eligible to compete if they are not enrolled in a college, university, trade school or other institution of higher learning at the time of the department finals contest. Contestants must either be legally domiciled within or attend educational institution within the department (state) where they enter competition. Contestants can compete in only one department. The three finalists of the national contest will be ineligible for further participation at any level.
For more information, contact District Chairman Lori Jarrett at (952) 470-4433 or e-mail [email protected]