The American Legion
DEPARTMENT OF HAWAII 612 McCully STREET
HONOLULU, HAWAII 96826 (808) 946-6383 FAX (808) 947-3957
For God and Country
September 9, 2019
Dear Teacher / Adviser
Your school is invited to participate in the 82st Annual American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship
Program "A Constitutional Speech Contest” 2020. The contest was developed primarily to instill a better
knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States in high school students. Other objectives
include the development of leadership qualities, the ability to think and speak clearly, and the preparation for
acceptance of the duties, responsibilities and privileges of American citizenship.
Another purpose of the program is to assist students in paying high cost of a college education. The American
Legion Life Insurance Committee provides the scholarship money for this program. The first place winner of the
National Finals Contest will take home $18,000 and the next two finishers receive $16,000 and $14,000. First round
participants in the National Contest receive a $1,500 scholarship. Second round participants, who do not advance to
the final round; will receive an additional $1,500 scholarship.
The State of Hawaii contest will be held on February 22, 2020 at Oahu Veterans Center, 1298 Kukila St.
Hawaii starting at 9:00 am. awards; 1st place $1,000.00, 2nd place $500.00, 3rd place $300.00, 4th and 5th place $100.00.
The winner will represent Hawaii at the National Finals which will be held from April 17 - 19, 2020 in
Indianapolis, Indiana. The Quarter-Final and Semi-Final Contest will be held Saturday, April 18th.
Championship Contest will be conducted on Sunday, April 19th. A banquet for all contestants will follow.
The following websites will help your participants obtain information on the Oratorical Contest:
Contest rules are enclosed giving specific information on the 2020 contests
We would like to include you on our mailing list so that we can send you other information about the contest. Please
complete the enclosed forms and return by date requested.
Thank you for taking the time to learn about this wonderful opportunity for your students.
Their participation in this program will be greatly appreciated by The American Legion and its members.