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The Hanley Speech Scholarship Competition

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Posted on Monday, February 22, 2016

Westminster College invites all students of sophomore standing to participate in The John C. Hanley Speech Scholarship Competition. The scholarship will be awarded for the delivery of the best speech relating the Christian faith to contemporary culture.

Abstracts of approximately 250 words should be sent to Dr. Bryan Rennie, the Vira I. Heinz Professor of Religion, by Tuesday, March 1. Full written submissions of 2,500 words will be evaluated by a panel of judges consisting of Rennie, the Rev. Dr. Kang-Yup Na, and the Rev. James R. Mohr the following week. 

The four most promising papers will be delivered as speeches of approximately 20 minutes the evening of Friday, March 18 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. These speeches will then be judged for delivery, organization, and content and the award of $600 made to the student judged to have delivered the best speech. Specific criteria of assessment will be given to applicants on request.

For more information, see the criteria, or contact Rennie at or (724) 946-7151.