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HIP Talks speech contest

Submissions accepted through April 4th with six chances to win.

HIP Talks is a university-wide speech contest held each spring at the University of Utah in honor of the oratorical skills of former Utah Congressman Wayne Owens. The Hinckley Institute of Politics sponsors the competition in conjunction with the Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU). HIP Talks is supported by the Congressman Wayne Owens fund and seeks to foster the public speaking skills of U students.

Due to safety procedures related to COVID-19, the 2021 contest will take place virtually. Participation is open to all degree-seeking University of Utah students of all majors and academic levels. Speeches can be on any topic, but must not be longer than two minutes.

There are six chances to win: The Grand prize winner receives a $5,000 scholarship, with $1,000 scholarships awarded to four runners-up and one audience favorite.

Submissions will be accepted through April 4th. Winners will be announced the week of April 11th.

For full eligibility, speech requirements and to submit your video, click here.