Scholarships available for top American Legion oratorical program participants

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 20, 2017 — Drury University is offering a new scholarship program for Missouri students who participate at the highest levels of the American Legion High School Oratorical Program.

Students who place in the Top 2 at the Zone level will be eligible to receive, at minimum, a $13,000 American Legion Oratorical Scholarship to Drury University. The zone level is the final round before the statewide competition level; there are four zones in Missouri. Students compete at the high school, county, and district levels before moving to the zone level.

Since 1938, the American Legion High School Oratorical Program has presented participants with an academic speaking challenge that teaches important leadership qualities, the history of our nation’s laws, the ability to think and speak clearly, and an understanding of the duties, responsibilities, rights and privileges of American citizenship. Speaking subjects must be on some aspect of the U.S. Constitution, with some emphasis on the duties and obligations of citizens to our government.

“Drury is excited to partner with the American Legion to provide this scholarship opportunity for students,” says Kevin Kropf, executive vice president of enrollment management. “Our liberal arts tradition, and the fact that our debate team won a national title last year, makes Drury an excellent match for the kinds of students who do well in the American Legion Oratorical Program.”

Recipients must be eligible for admission to Drury University and admitted to the residential day school. The new Drury scholarship would replace any academic scholarships a student receives, unless the academic award is greater, at which point an additional $1,000 scholarship would be added for oratorical excellence. Students who receive a Drury American Legion Oratorical Scholarship are eligible to apply for debate scholarships at Drury as well. The award is renewable for a maximum of four years provided the student maintains good academic standing at Drury.

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Contact: Kevin Kropf, Executive Vice President of Enrollment Management – (417) 873-7524 or

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