Macken Collegiate Forensics Scholarships

Macken Collegiate Forensics offers a variety of scholarship opportunities!      
  • Scholarship awards range from $300 to $13,000
  • Early round deadline for 2021-2022 season: January  15, 2021

Our Scholarships:

Title: SMC Forensics Honors Award, $13,000

Who Can Apply: Very well qualified incoming first-year students who have competed successfully in debate for at least two years.

Criteria: In addition to meeting the Initial Requirements (listed below): Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5; outstanding competitive, leadership, and service record in the program; meet all initial and continuing eligibility requirements. This scholarship requires an audition, either in person or recorded, and an interview with the director.

 

Title: General Forensics Debate Award, $2,000-6,000

Who Can Apply: All full-time undergraduates who actively participate in Macken Forensics and incoming first-year and transfer students who will participate in Macken Forensics.

Criteria: See “Initial Requirements,” for first-time applicants (listed below) and “Continuing Eligibility Requirements” for continuing team members (in application materials). For first-year students, this scholarship requires an audition, either in person or recorded, and an interview with the director.

 

Title: Kurt W. Simon Memorial Scholarship, award amount varies by academic year

Who Can Apply: All full-time undergraduates who actively participate in Macken Forensics and incoming first-year and transfer students who will participate in Macken Forensics.

Criteria: Contact Director of the Macken Forensics Team.

 

Initial Eligibility Requirements (for all scholarships):

  • Submit all required forensics scholarship application materials.
  • High school or community college cumulative grade point average no less than 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale), unless award specifically requires a higher minimum GPA.
  • Commit to registering for full-time SMC enrollment.

Other Information Related to Forensics Scholarships:

  • Most scholarships are based on academic and competitive ability, not financial need.
  • All scholarships are renewable.
  • All team members who receive any scholarship must enroll as a full-time student at SMC.
  • Team members enroll in both sections of Comm 191-Forensics Lab and agree to abide by the rules and procedures set forth in the syllabus. The fee for these upper-division labs is waived for team members on scholarship.
  • Scholarship recipients are expected to actively participate in Macken Forensics activities and to make significant contributions in the following areas:
    • Participation in, and work during, on-campus activities including, but not limited to, high school and college tournaments, public debates, outreach programs, and regular team meetings, as determined by the coaching staff.
    • Research, practice, and other needs of the team, as determined by the coaching staff.
    • Generation and maintenance of an appropriate image for the College and Macken Forensics while participating in officially sanctioned activities.
    • Scholarship recipients are expected to be team leaders and exhibit a commitment to Macken Forensics beyond that of team members not on scholarship.

How To Apply:

All students must complete the Macken Collegiate Forensics Scholarship Application.

Apply Now!

All students must complete their admissions application in order to be considered for any Forensics Scholarship: For more information about the admissions application process and deadlines, find out more here!