National Forensic League secures $150,000 grant

Cherian Koshy and Vicki Pape, both staff members of the National Forensic League, show the plaque national tournament qualifiers will receive for participating in Public Forum Debate. Qualifiers will be named “Arthur N. Rupe Scholars.”

Several months ago, the Ripon-based National Forensic League (NFL) got the kind of call every nonprofit organization likes to get.

Would you like to be in the running for a $150,000 grant?

“We instantly went into competition mode,” said Scott Wunn, executive director of the NFL, “because we know other organizations provide opportunities for speech and debate.

“But we feel we are the best [such organization].”

A few months and much effort on the behalf of the whole staff of the NFL later, the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation agreed.

Thanks to the work done by the Ripon-based staff, students participating nationwide in NFL-sponsored Public Forum Debate will enjoy an enhanced experience, and the chance to compete for extra scholarship dollars.

“It represents the largest non-government grant the NFL has received in its history,” Wunn said, adding it also was one of the top two or three largest Rupe has ever given. “It was a team effort and it’s staffing here in Ripon that accomplished this grant.”

Read the full story in the Jan. 7, 2010 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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