2016 Euphradian Oratorical Competition


The Euphradian Foundation will sponsor a debate-style Scholarship Competition for individual competitors through the SCISA network of schools.  The competition is open to juniors and seniors who will record and submit speeches via YouTube.  One winner will be awarded a $500 college scholarship; a runner-up may be awarded a $200 scholarship if the quality of entries is sufficient.


Competitors must submit YouTube videos through the Euphradian Foundation website no later than 5:00pm, Friday, May 20, 2016.  After all submissions are evaluated by a team of judges, winners will be announced in mid-June 2016.


Each competitor is to submit a video 2 ½ to 3 ½ minutes in length addressing either an affirmative or negative stance on the following topic:  

Resolved that the federal government should provide funding that would pay the full tuition cost for a bachelor’s degree at any public college or university of the student’s choice, provided that the student meets the admissions criteria for the institution.


  • Competition is open to any currently enrolled junior or senior in a member institution of the South Carolina Independent Schools Association
  • Competitors will prepare and submit a video of themselves delivering a speech lasting between 2 ½ and 3 ½ minutes that addresses the topic (affirmative or negative).
  • The video should frame a head-and-shoulders view of the competitor, with a plain background.
  • Competitors may use visual aids that are either displayed within the head-and-shoulders frame, or superimposed on the screen briefly while the competitor is speaking.
  • The video must be uploaded via YouTube to the Euphradian Foundation website (www.euph.org/submit) no later than noon, May 20, 2016.

Judging Criteria:

Speeches submitted to the Euphradian Oratorical Competition will be judged on three criteria for a total of 200 points: Analysis (80), Organization (40), and Delivery (80). Note that no points are added or subtracted for the video’s production quality. Therefore, we do not recommend animations, special effects, or fancy editing of any kind, as they will not benefit an entry. So long as the speaker is visible and the speech is audible, the entry will be considered. Off-topic speeches will not be judged. 

With respect to Analysis, judges will be asked to evaluate the speaker’s understanding of the topic, their reasoning, their supporting evidence, and whether or not the speaker considers the arguments of the other side. Regarding the Organization of a speech, judges are instructed to seek a clear and compelling introduction, well-ordered arguments, and a concise and satisfying conclusion. Finally, Delivery is judged according to the speaker’s tone, body language and perceived confidence. Judges must also note if the speaker held their attention throughout the speech.

Thank you for your interest in the Euphradian Oratorical Competition. Please submit your entry by clicking the button below.