Thursday, January 23, 2020

Oregon State University’s Forensics (speech and debate) Team has announced the recipients of its 2019-2020 scholarships.

The Popovich Forensics Scholarship was created by Milosh Popovich (’39; ’41) in honor of his wife and stand-out member of the forensics team, Jeanne (’41), both long-standing and generous members of the OSU community. The scholarship is designed to help students attend national and international tournaments.

“The Popovich scholarship attests to the historical and contemporary significance of the forensics team has at OSU,” said Mark Porrovecchio, director of the team.  “I remain humbled that I am entrusted with celebrating the Popovich’s legacy while rewarding gifted OSU students.”

Recipients of the scholarship this season are: Sophomore Simon Millsap, a Business Information Systems major from Portland; Sophomore Brandy Quach, a Sociology and Civil Engineering major from Portland; Senior Uwe Keist, a Political Science major from Corvallis; and graduate assistant Kaden Meyers of Sandy. All three undergraduate students compete in both debate and individual events. Meyers, a former student competitor for OSU, is now a MAIS student in the Speech Communication area of the School of Arts and Communication

Keist and Meyers will be attending the annual International Forensics Association (IFA) tournament in Narita, Japan, in mid-March. They will then be joined by Millsap and Quach at the Pi Kappa Delta (PKD) National Comprehensive tournament in San Diego, Calif., later the same month.  

“It is wonderful that these student benefit from our endowment,” added Porrovecchio. “Taking them to these national and international tournaments is a reward for all of their hard work.”

Celebrating its 127th season, OSU Forensics is one of the oldest clubs on campus and a member of the Performing Arts Board in the School of Arts and Communication.  The team is open to all students in good academic standing regardless of experience or academic background.  If you are a student interested in participating, or a member of the community who would like to support the team, please contact Porrovecchio at mark.porrovecchio@oregonstate.edu.