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Forensics Talent Award Application

The Whitworth speech and debate team travels to tournaments in the Northwest each semester and competes at national tournaments in both individual events and debate. Students select from over 11 different individual events and audience-centered debate.

 Scholarships called talent awards are available for students with demonstrated skill and interest in further developing their speaking abilities.  Incoming high school students and college transfer students may apply for these awards.  Recipients are eligible for talent award consideration in future years and returning team members may also apply.

Demographic Information

First Name (required)

Middle Name

Last Name (required)

Home Phone

Cell Phone

E-mail Address (required)

Potential major(s): (required)

Forensics Accomplishments

Please attach a Word document with a resume.  Include specific details of forensics accomplishments listing awards won and events entered.

Upload Accomplishments Document (required)

Recommendation Letter

Please have your forensics coach send a confidential letter of recommendation to Dr. Ingram (address listed below).

Essay Questions

Please respond to each question listed below in less than 600 words each.

Why are you interested in participating in college forensics? (required)

Which speaking events interest you the most and why? (required)

Discuss how you will balance your academic work, participation in forensics and any other university commitments next year. (required)

What additional information should be considered about your application? (required)

Audition Information

Your audition can be live on campus, or sent as a DVD or flash drive file, or posted on YouTube with the URL sent to the Whitworth Director of Forensics.

Would you like to submit a link to your audition video on YouTube? (required)


Recipients of talent awards agree to the following:

  1. Enroll in SP 245H Applied Speech: Forensics each semester.
  2. Attend all tournaments and contribute to the overall well-being of the team.
  3. Compete in at least three individual events, or two individual events and debate, which means diligent work in researching and crafting speeches.
  4. Hold one coaching session per week with the Director of Forensics.
  5. Maintain good academic standing with at least a 3.0 GPA.



The deadline for consideration is is March 1.  Please send materials to:   

Dr. Mike Ingram, Director of Forensics
Whitworth University, 300 W Hawthorne Road, Spokane, WA 99251