The American Legion Oratorical contests can be financially as well as educationally rewarding. High School students who are U. S. citizens or lawful residents can hone their speaking skills while learning about the U.S. Constitution. Department level scholarship awards range from $1,000 to $2,000, with Zone runner-ups receiving $500 and runner-ups receiving $200. At the National level, they range from $20,000 to $25,000.
The American Legion Department of Michigan was chartered in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. The American Legion is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization with great political influence perpetuated by its grass-roots involvement in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill. The American Legion, Department of Michigan provides opportunities for high school students to apply for scholarships or prize money for college through the programs we offer. Awards vary by program and qualifications.