Speech Scholarship

The Gustavus Forensics program is a comprehensive, co-curricular forensics program that competes in a wide variety of individual events.Our program is grounded in the Three Crowns: Education, Competition, and Leadership. We believe in the liberal arts tradition of forensics, and we also whole-heartedly believe that forensics training is one of the best ways to develop a student’s advocacy, research, critical thinking, higher-level analytical skills, rhetorical analysis, and performance skills. Firmly grounded within the liberal arts tradition, forensics is what one alum termed “a college education in a nutshell.”

A little over a century since its inception, the Gustavus forensics tradition continues with multiple American Forensic Association National Individual Events national champions, 69 state champions, five All-American competitors, and a top-six nationally ranked program. Our program was built upon the strong tradition of the past while helping our students use their talents to give back through unique civic engagement activities. 

Speech has a long tradition of excellence at Gustavus. A few highlights include:

6th place at the 2014 American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament.
• 7th place at the 2014 National Forensic Association National Championship.
• National Champions in President’s D-I at the 2014 National Forensic Association National Championship!
• 8th place at the 2013 American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament.
• 9th place at the 2012 National Forensic Association National Championship.
• National Champion in ADS at the 2012 American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament!
• National Champion in Prose at the 2011 American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament!
• National Champions in President’s D-II at the 2012 and 2011 National Forensic Association National Championship!
• 2010 Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament National Champions!
• 1 of 11 schools in history to be ranked in the elite top 10 at the AFA-NIET four consecutive years.
• Sixty-nine AFA-NIET out round participants, including eleven finalists.
• Five American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament All-American Competitors.
• 2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2008 Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association State Champions.

Gustavus’s $1,000–$2,000 ($4,000-$8,000 over four years) Speech Scholarship is awarded annually to candidates who demonstrate talent and commitment in speech and/or debate activities. The award will be based on a candidate’s potential as a collegiate competitor, high school academic record, previously demonstrated leadership or civic engagement, and potential for contributions to the Gustavus community.

Early Action students must complete this application by November 1, 2016. Rolling Admission applicants must complete this application by January 3, 2017.


Scholarship Requirements
Recipients of the forensics scholarship must:
1. compete in speech and debate competitions as deemed appropriate by the Director of Forensics
2. maintain a Gustavus G.P.A. of 3.0, and
3. complete other departmental requirements as assigned by the Director of Forensics.
Subsequent renewal is at the discretion of the Director of Forensics.

Applicant Information
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Please respond to the following questions in the space provided or upload a document below:
If you are not offered a scholarship, would you still compete in speech?
Letter of Recommendation Contact Information * Can come from a Coach/Instructor/Advisor
Additional Information
Applicants for the Gustavus Adolphus College Speech Scholarship must submit these items:

Recommendation form. (Upon submission of this application, a link to the recommendation form will be sent to the coach/instructor/advisor specified above.)

Résumé (highlighting speech and/or debate activity)
Please summarize your speech involvement and accomplishments in one page and upload below.

Finalist Interview

Students selected as finalists for the Gustavus Adolphus College Speech Scholarship will be invited to campus for an interview and in-depth visit. For Early Action students, this will take place on Saturday, November 19, 2016. For Rolling Admission students, this will take place on February 25, 2017.  Finalists who are unable to attend the visit may make alternative arrangements by contacting the Admission Office. It is advantageous for the student to interview on campus.
Please indicate if you will be applying for any other merit-based scholarships at Gustavus:
The scholarships listed above require separate applications, which are due by November 1, 2016 for Early Action students or January 3, 2017 for Rolling Admission students. You are automatically considered for other scholarships based on your Application for Admission. To apply for scholarship online, and to learn more about all your options, go to gustavus.edu/admission/scholarships.
By filling in your electronic signature below and submitting this form, you are verifying that the information is accurate and acknowledging that it will be used to evaluate potential scholarship awards.
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