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

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

2019 Oratorical Winners
Back:  Wisconsin Commander Frank Kostka , Past National Commander Denise RohanFront:  Malik Staude (3rd Place), Elijah Anumolu (2nd Place), Representative Jim Edming (Judge), Timothy Davis (1st Place), Representative Joan Ballweg (Judge), Robert Stone (Chairman State Oratorical), Senator Luther Olsen (Judge)


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

Many children of active-duty, National Guard or Reserve members are now members of single-parent families, an unfortunate consequences of Operation Iraqi Freedom and America's war on terror.  In many cases, this also means their chances to attend college are greatly diminished.  Children of military personnel killed on active duty are entitled to receive money toward a college education.

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.

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.

The Eight and Forty Lung and Respiratory Nursing Scholarship Fund

Assist registered nurses with advanced preparation for positions in supervision, administration, or teaching.

Keith Kreul Scholarship

Deadline is October 1st each year. In 1992, past National Commander Kreul made a donation of $10,000 from his National Commander Campaign Fund.  An annual $500 scholarship was immediately set up by a committee from Badger Boys State, Inc.

The American Legion Oratorical Scholarship

Participants in the Oratorical Scholarship Program develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States and have a chance to win up to a $5000 scholarship.

Samsung Scholarship

Deadline Prior to the 1st day of the 2020 session

Click Here for a brochure on the Scholarship

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. 

Frequently asked Questions




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