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2024 Audition Instructions

If you are interested in joining the team, please review and complete the below application!

Additionally, each year, the team awards 5-7 scholarships to incoming students based on their submitted application materials, ranging from $500 to $2000. These scholarships are renewable up for four years based on your continued participation on the team. You will have the option to indicate on the application whether you wish for your materials to be considered for a scholarship. This year, we are asking students to send in digital copies of their application materials and videos of their audition pieces by Monday, March 18th.

Based on a review of your materials by the coaching staff, we will invite a group of students to attend a virtual meet-and-greet with the team later in the spring semester towards the end of April. This invite is our way of asking you to join the team! Official offers to scholarship recipients will be sent out following the meet-and-greet.

If you are interested in auditioning for a scholarship or even participating on the forensics team without a scholarship, I would encourage you to look over the attached information and send in an application and materials so that we can follow up with you over the summer! We are looking for passionate and motivated students who enjoy speaking on and advocating for important issues through speech and debate activities.

That could be you!

Students interested in joining the team should submit the following materials by Monday, March 18th:

  •  Application Form — Complete the linked form.
  •  Letter of Interest — A letter explaining why you wish to continue your forensics career with Truman Forensics.
  •  Competitive Resume — A resume of prior speaking/debate experience. Please include any awards/honors won in speech, debate, theatre, mock trial, model UN, or similar speaking and performance-related activities.
  •  Letter of Recommendation — A letter from your high school forensic coach/adviser or other relevant instructor who can speak to your background, work ethic, successes, and other qualities/information related to your capacities in speech and/or debate. Letters of recommendation may be sent later, but must still be received by Monday, April 1st.
  •  Demo — A 5- to 8-minute video of you giving a speech, performance, or debate case that you have either constructed yourself or practiced from our example materials. Demo videos are preferably submitted via a Google drive or YouTube link. Speech audition instructions can be found here. Debate audition instructions can be found here. Please only submit a link for either a video of a speech/performance OR a debate, but not both.

Thank you again for your interest in joining the Truman Forensics team! We look forward to hearing from your soon and hope to welcome you into the Bulldog Speech & Debate Family!


Any questions regarding the audition process can be addressed to Director of Forensics, Prof. Ben Davis, at