Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in the Bradley University Speech Team. We are excited that you are considering our program and look forward to helping you become part of Bradley’s tradition of excellence in forensics competition. The Bradley University Speech Team offers competition in individual events, which includes events in oral interpretation, public address speaking, and limited preparation speaking. Our program is the most successful of its kind in the country, with more team and individual national championships than any other program in the nation.  Please take time to explore our website and facebook page to learn all about our program’s legacy.

Financing a college education is never easy. Therefore, the Bradley Forensics Program annually awards non-need based scholarships to top students who compete for the Bradley Speech Team in the upcoming year. These scholarships are renewable from year to year for recipients who retain eligibility for national competition. Students are limited to four years of competition. 

In order to be considered for a scholarship, applicants must:

  1. Complete the scholarship application form. Please include the collegiate events you would like to participate in, as well as any past awards/honors you have received as a speaker/performer. Other relevant information regarding your background may also be included.
  2. Perform a 10-15 minute audition for the Bradley coaching staff. Applicants may email a private link on YouTube, mail a DVD, or arrange a personal audition on campus. Personal auditions must be pre-arranged by appointment with Bradley’s Director of Forensics. We would prefer applicants provide examples from a variety of selections/events, as opposed to one long performance. We also prefer that the performance be a competition speech that was performed in your senior year of high school. No particular events are preferred.
  3. Regardless of qualification for need-based financial aid, applicants must complete an official FAFSA form in order to be considered for a forensics scholarship award. FAFSA materials may be obtained from most guidance counselors or by contacting the Bradley University admissions office at 1-800-447-6460 or admissions.bradley.edu. FAFSA forms must be received by the processing center by February 1st. Most students apply for admission between September 1 and January 1.

The deadline for all applications, auditions, and materials is the last Friday in February.

If you have further questions regarding application procedures, please feel free to contact us at any time. Again, thank you for your interest in the Bradley University Speech Team. We hope you will be joining the Bradley family soon! 


Justin Helmley
Interim Director of Forensics
Bradley University