At the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire, scholarships are offered to students participating in Forensics. for incoming freshman, please read the letter from the Director of Forensics, Karen Morris below. For other students, scholarships can still be applied for. Please see Karen Morris for more information.
We are glad to hear that you are considering attending the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and becoming a member of the UWEC Speech Team. I would like you to consider competing in intercollegiate forensics at our University.
UWEC has been active in college competition for more than 50 years and has been a very successful program. There is a long and proud tradition of forensics at UWEC. The UWEC program is one of the few programs in the nation that continue to attend both the American Forensics Association (AFA) National Tournament and the National Forensics Association’s (NFA) National Tournament. UWEC is one of only six schools in the history of forensics have attended every AFA and NFA National tournament since their conceptions. UWEC is most definitely a Nationally competitive program. For the past 10 years, UWEC has placed in the Top 20 at the AFA and in the Top 10 at the NFA. The forensics program is well known in the forensics community and strongly supported on campus.
Although we have a winning tradition, there is more that makes up the team at UWEC than just winning. The individuals that make up the team have a love for speech and a desire to be excellent. With these two components, winning becomes the result, but not the goal of our team. We hope you will consider becoming part of this tradition.
We do offer three to five non-need based scholarships every year. Typically, they range from $400-$800. They are given out to top incoming students who will be participating in forensics in the upcoming year. These scholarships are renewable from year to year as long as you retain eligibility for national competition. Because of the wishes of Grace Walsh (the benefactor of the Grace Walsh Scholarship), scholarship amounts are given in terms of 60% to incoming members of the team and 40% given to returning members—thus the amount awarded as an incoming member of the team may decrease slightly as a returning member of the team. An incoming member of the team does not receive the allotted scholarship until the Spring Semester (once they have met the scholarship requirements). The requirements of the scholarship denote that you attend at least 3 tournaments per semester, develop three different events to take to these tournaments, help to host the College and High School Tournaments, and attend both Nationals should you qualify for both. Each student is limited to four years of competition. If you are interested in being considered for a scholarship, you have two tasks:
1) Fill out the online scholarship application. In your physical application, include other information about yourself that you consider relevant. In addition, you need to include a letter of recommendation from your previous forensics coach or from a teacher.
2) Audition for us. You may send us a videotape of yourself performing at least 6 minutes worth of material. We would prefer to see a couple minutes of several pieces rather than one long piece. The speeches themselves are your choice (oratory, prose, extemp, Minutes in History, etc.). If you have only performed one piece in the last year, we ask that you do the piece in its entirety.
The application form, recommendation letter and videotape are due by Friday March 31, 2016.
Decisions on award winners will be finalized and letters to everyone who applied regarding their status will be sent around May 6, 2016.
We run a flexible program to allow students to participate as much as they want. By no means do we expect you to attend all 25 tournaments that the team attends each year. You decide which tournaments you go to as well as which events you do. We will still encourage you and guide you based on the skills we see, but we try to let you make the decisions. We want you to strive to create three of four different events by the end of the season. We only concentrate on individual event competition; we do not have a debate program.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me. You can write to me or call me at (715)836-3305, or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to hear from you soon.
Director of Forensics
Department of Communication/Journalism
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI 54702