Speech Scholarship

The Gustavus Forensics program competes in eleven American Forensic Association 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, 60 state champions, four All-American competitors, and a top-eight nationally ranked program. As the present growth and competitiveness was built upon the strong tradition of the past, our current success will provide the foundation for the next century of Gustavus forensics. To do so fully, we are working tirelessly to solidify opportunities for more students, more championships, and more national recognition.


Your unique talent has the potential to create a legacy that will further develop our national prominence as an elite forensics program. You have the opportunity to advance the reputation of excellence that defines the Gustavus Adolphus College forensics team.


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

• 1 of 10 schools in the history of collegiate speech to be ranked in The Elite Top 10 in four consecutive years.
• 9th Place at the 2012 American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournament
• 9th Place at the 2012 National Forensic Association National Championship
• 10th Place at the 2011 and 2010 American Forensic Association National Individual Events Tournaments
• National Champion in ADS in 2012 and National Champion in Prose in 2011 at the American Forensic Association National Individual Event Tournament
• Nationals Champions in President’s DII at the 2012 and 2011 National Forensic Association National Championship
• 2010 Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament National Champions
• 53 AFA-NIET out round participants, including five finalists
• 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, and 2008 Minnesota Collegiate Forensics Association State Champions
• Qualified for the Interstate Oratorical Association National Contest nine consecutive years


Gustavus’s $1,000–$2,000 ($4,000-$8,000 over four years) National Forensic League Scholarship is awarded annually to candidates who demonstrate talent and commitment in individual speech events competition. The award will be based on a candidate’s potential as a collegiate competitor, high school academic record, previously demonstrated leadership, and potential for contributions to the Gustavus community. This application is required by January 6, 2014, and finalists will be invited to participate in a scholarship reception on March 1, 2014.


Scholarship Requirements
Recipients of the forensics scholarship must:
1. travel to forensics tournaments four weekends per semester,
2. compete in a minimum of three individual events per semester,
3. maintain a Gustavus G.P.A. of 3.0, and
4. complete other departmental requirements as assigned by the Director of Forensics.
Subsequent renewal is at the discretion of the Director of Forensics.