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U.S. high school students who are under the age of 20 are eligible for this award. Students must compose a speech on an assigned topic.
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- Awarded by:
- American Legion
$1,500 to $18,000 awarded annually, non-renewable. Scholarship awards are presented to the three finalists in the final round of the National Contest as follows: first place, $18,000; second place, $16,000; and third 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.
- 53 awards offered annually.
Additional information regarding this contest is available on the American Legion website. The student must compose a speech on an assigned topic (available by clicking the 'Assigned Topics' link) as... Sign up for full scholarship deadline information.