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SAR Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Contest & Scholarship


The SAR awards the Joseph S. Rumbaugh Historical Oration Scholarship:

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Oration Contest Oration Contest


Open to all (male and female) Texas public, private and home-schooled High School freshmen through seniors.

The Arlington chapter is in Texas SAR Oration Contest Region 3. Entries must originate through a local chapter!


Preparations are due in early September to the local Chapter, please contact the Chapter Chairman as needed. See the below Texas SAR link for more scheduling information.

Contest Checklist

Judged Criteria

Each contestant can choose their own subject centered on pre, during, or post Revolutionary War subject material. Speech must be at least 5 minutes but not longer than 6 minutes.


  1. Our Chapter winner will advance to compete at the Texas State Society Conference. Chapter decisions are final. (At this point, a Texas SAR Permission/Release form is required)
  2. The Texas State Society Conference winners will receive:
    • 1st Place – $2,500 and will advance to compete at the National level.
    • 2nd Place – $750
    • 3rd Place – $500
    • 4rd Place – $300
    • 5th & 6th Place – $150 each
  3. The National Society winners will receive:
    • 1st Place – $4,000
    • 2nd Place – $2,000
    • 3rd Place – $1,000
    • All Finalists – $300
    • All Contestants – $200

SAR Links To More Information

Example Past Winning SAR Orations

High School