What Makes a Winning Founders' Scholarship Presentation?
Video of Michael Sheetz, 2013 Founders' winner
Every year, bright prospective students from all over the nation visit The King’s College to take part in the Founders’ Scholarship Competition. The Founders’ Scholarship is extremely competitive, and includes a written essay portion and an oral presentation. Four winners receive full ride scholarships to The King’s College.
What does a winning presentation look like? Michael Sheetz, a high school senior from Mission Viejo, CA, was recently selected as a Founders’ Scholar. When asked what helped him succeed, Sheetz said he thought that a winning presentation should “emphasize the uniqueness of your style and topic.” Additionally, he said, “the countless reviews of both of your essay and speech are also critical to your presentations.”
Below is a video of his speech:
The Founders’ Scholarship brings together the best prospective students from around the U.S. to compete in a speech and essay competition. The full-ride scholarship entices those students who are committed to attending King’s and are willing to put the tough work of engaging and communicating ideas that shape the world.
“After competing,” said Noah Hunter, Assistant Director of Admissions, “participants walk away amazed by the talent of the other student in the room. It’s inspiring for me to see young student engaging with high level ideas and defending their worldview. These are skills they will need at King’s to succeed.”
After being asked which House he would choose to be in, Sheetz responded, “My best guess would be Churchill. Although I'm far more of a necktie than a bow-tie man, it seems that quite a few of the men in Churchill are ones I relate with in character and personality.”
Prospective students interested in The King's College can learn more by contacting the Admissions Office directly:
The King’s College educates students in the ideas upon which nations rise and fall. With a focused curriculum in the liberal arts tradition, students are prepared to help shape, and eventually to lead, the institutions of government, civil society, media, law, business, education, the arts, and the church. King’s is a Christian college located in New York City.