The American Legion H.W. Dare Maness High School Oratorical Contest
All questions regarding the 2020/2021 contest should be directed to
Nick Diener, Department Adjutant - 803-612-1171 x 35 or
J. Donnelly, Membership & Programs Coordinator - 803-612-1171 x 40
The American Legion Department of South Carolina
H. W. Dare Maness
High School Oratorical Scholarship Program
"A Constitutional Speech Contest"
The purpose of The American Legion High School Oratorical Scholarship Program "A Constitutional Speech Contest" is to develop a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the Constitution of the United States on the part of high school students. Other objectives of the contest include the development of leadership skills, the ability to think and speak clearly and intelligently, and the preparation for acceptance of the duties and responsibilities, the rights, and privileges of American citizenship.
All Department Scholarships must be used within five years from graduation from high school
|Quadrant Awards:||Department Awards|
|Certificate to each winner||4th place Award - $500.00|
|4th Place Award - $100.00||3rd Place Award - $500.00|
|3rd Place Award - $100.00||2nd Place Award - $1000.00|
|2nd Place Award - $300.00||1st Place Award - $2000.00|
|1st Place Award - $500.00|
The winner at the department (state) level who is ceritified 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 ay any college or university in the United States.
National scholarship awards are presented to the three finalists in the final round of the national contest as follows: 1st place - $18,000; 2nd place - $16,000; 3rd place - $14,000.
A contestant must give both their prepared oration and the assigned topic discourse in order to receive the scholarship. Contest Worker Instructions:
All post contests must be completed by February 3, 2021
All Quadrant Contests will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2021@ locations listed below:
Quadrant One Location
Quadrant Two Location
Quadrant Three Location
Quadrant Four Location
The Department Contest will be held Saturday @ 10:00 am, March 13, 2021 at
The American Legion Department Headquarters
103 Legion Plaza Rd
(corner of Bush River Rd & Legion Plaza Road)
Columbia, SC 29210