Academic Scholarships: These scholarships, awarded at the end of each semester, are intended to reward students who have shown commitment to the program while maintaining satisfactory academic status. Scholarship amounts vary.
Oakwood Endowed Speech and Debate Scholarship: TCC and Oakwood Industries have collaborated to provide up to a $1400 scholarship to cover tuition expenses for a student who is an active member of the team. This scholarship is awarded through the TCC Foundation. For more information, contact John Schultz, Director of Forensics.
The Roderick Tapley Memorial Scholarships: In the Spring of 1999, TCC and the Southeast forensics community lost an advocate and role model in speech and debate when former TCC Debate Captain Roderick Tapley was killed in a tragic automobile accident. "Rod" truly embodied the spirit of debate and loved the activity. He was considered a gentleman and was respected even by his fiercest rivals. His contribution directly led to numerous team victories including the Florida Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Championship in Individual Events in January 1999.
Roderick was instrumental in the evolution of the TCC program. Through his unselfish dedication, experience, and expertise, he helped establish debate as a viable part of the team. Before attending TCC, Roderick debated at Niceville High School, in the Florida Panhandle. He attended prestigious debate camps, including Emory and the Florida Forensics Institute. His dedication to the activity was lifelong.
In memory of their son, Bobby and Liz Tapley have created two $1000 scholarships for TCC students who best represent the spirit, leadership, and competitive edge which Roderick brought to the activity. The scholarships will be awarded no later than January of each season.
Shira Brownstein Memorial Scholarship: In the Spring of 2011, TCC team captain Shira Browstein succumbed to a lifelong battle with Scleroderma. Throughout the challenges with her ailment, Shira remained one of the most dedicated and enthusiastic members of the team. Between hospital visits, Shira traveled and competed for TCC and was one of the team's most captivating performers. The loss of Shira Browstein and her invigorating effervescence reverberated throughout the Forensics community, as many members from various teams across the district joined TCC Forensics in paying our respects at her memorial service.
In her honor, the Brownstein family and the TCC Foundation has created this scholarship fund, which is awarded each year to the team member that emulates her character and spirit.
TCC Foundation Travel Scholarships: All funds generated by the team are deposited into the TCC Foundation and are later used to defray travel expenses. Funds cover such items as airfare, lodging and food allotments.
College Credit for Competing Students:
who compete in a least two tournaments each semester may earn one elective credit for their efforts. Speech & Debate Workshop - SPC 2594
(fall) and Speech & Debate Practicum - SPC 2595
(spring) may each be repeated up to two times, allowing a student to earn credit each semester they compete for the team.
Early Registration; The administration at TCC recognizes the importance of the program and allows team members to register for their classes with honor students and athletes. This advantage means that students can effectively balance a full load of classes while traveling with the squad.
Tournament Expenses: The program focuses on excellence in performance. As such, the college covers all travel expenses and provides a food allotment for the team members who travel to tournaments. Students who are on the travel squad will attend various tournament across the nation throughout the fall and spring semesters. Furthermore, TCC is one of the only junior colleges in the country to regularly attend international tournaments. Past international tournaments include Montreal and Prague.
A Holistic Program: Unlike many programs, which discourage or prohibit involvement with theatre and film acting opportunities, our team embraces the idea. We feel that students must experience a variety of performance situations to be truly effective. Forensics, theatre and film conflicts are dealt with individually to maximize student progress.