Constitutional Speech Contest

Participants in the American Legion Oratorical Contest develop leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and are better prepared for the acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, for the rights and privileges of American citizenship.
 
A single main speech topic related the United States Constitution will be required with a length of 8 to 10 minutes, as well as an "Assigned Topic" that must consume 3 to 5 minutes  of presenter's delivery.  For more details, see link below.
 
* Each District winner will receive an Oratory Medal
* Each Regional participant will receive a $600 scholarship
* The winner of each Regional contest will receive a $1000 scholarship
* The Department finalist receive $2000 for first, $1500 for second, and $1000 for third
* National finalist receive $20,000 for first, $17,000 for second, and $15,000 for third

2020 ORATORICAL CONTEST DATES
 
State Regional and Finals - February 8, 2020
 
Ripon National Finals - April 17-20, 2020 - Indianapolis, IN

From Left to Right SAL Detachment Commander Bob Sirovina, Auxiliary Department President Joanie Dickerson, 3rd Place from District 9, Breanna Patz, 1st Place from District 1, Braiya Nolan, 2nd Place from District 5, Elijah Anumolu, Department Commander David Wischer, Department Oratorical Chairman Robert Stone.

Other Available Scholarships

Schneider-Emanuel American Legion Scholarship 

(Due March 1) Three deserving graduates of any accredited Wisconsin high school will be awarded the sum of $1000 to be applied to the cost of continuing education at any degree granting college or university within the United States of America.

American Legion Legacy Scholarship Fund

The American Legion wants to ensure higher education is a possibility for children whose parents lost their lives while serving our country. Beginning with the 2017 award year, The American Legion expanded the scholarship to include children of VA-rated, post-9/11 veterans with a combined disability rating of 50 percent or higher. The American Legion and the Legion Riders offer support through the Legacy Scholarship Fund.

American Legion Baseball Scholarship

Any team manager or head coach of an American Legion (post-affiliated) team may nominate a graduating senior who plays on a Wisconsin American Legion team. Deadline: July 15 of each year.

Americanism and Government Scholarship Test Programs

This program provides students with the opportunity to receive recognition and scholarship awards by testing their knowledge of current events, Wisconsin and United State Government and History, and display of the United States Flag. 2020 Test will be available here March 9-April 3, 2020.

Eagle Scout of the Year 

(Due March 1) The winner is eligible to receive a $10,000 scholarship to be awarded over a four-year period.

Samsung Scholarship

Deadline Prior to the 1st day of the 2020 session

Samsung, a worldwide leader in electronics, endowed a scholarship fund of five million dollars to be administered by The American Legion. The endowment was made to show appreciation to U.S. veterans who came to the aid of Korea during its struggle against communist forces during the Korean War. 

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