Silver Dollar Financial Public Speaking Scholarship

Public speaking is a crucial skill to learn. In fact, ranks it as the single greatest indicator of future success in any job field and mentions that Warren Buffett himself claims that good public speaking skills will raise your value by 50%. Many of us have irrational fears about public speaking or “being in the spotlight,” but overcoming this fear is an essential part of growing, succeeding, and setting yourself up to be the best you can be. Whether you want to become a teacher, attorney, doctor, computer scientist, biologist, or any other occupation, learning how to speak confidently and convincingly will only help you achieve your goals.

We think this fact makes public speaking an issue closely tied to Silver Dollar Financials commitment to improving the lives of our clients. If you are a college student or applicant interested in the public speaking field, this is your chance to stand out among the crowd. Write a persuasive speech on a topic on which you are an expert and record a short video of you presenting that speech. The details are listed below.

The Written Speech/Essay
There is no word count for your speech/essay, but it must be persuasive and convincing. Focus on a topic of your choice, but make sure it is a topic in which you have some expertise. We want to know what interests you, what your opinions are, and what solutions you have developed for whatever issue is most important to you. Of course, this must be your original work written specifically for this scholarship. Any instance of plagiarism will automatically disqualify an applicant from consideration.

The Video
A public speaking scholarship wouldn’t make sense without the speaking part! In addition to your essay, you must submit a brief video of yourself giving the speech you wrote. This is the meat of the scholarship. While the written speech/essay has no word limit, your video can be no longer than 90 seconds. Make your topic come to life. Make us care about it. We want to see your personality shine through your speech, and we want to be moved by what you say and how you say it.

You must submit BOTH the written speech and recorded presentation in order to be considered for the Silver Dollar Financial Public Speaking Scholarship.

Requirements for Applicants

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in college OR a college applicant in order to be considered for the Silver Dollar Financial Public Speaking Scholarship.
  • Applicants must submit an official high school or college transcript showing their academic standing.

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