Speech Contest

Contest winners from last year

Chapter 141 of the National Management Association club proudly presents its annual Leadership Speech Contest. It’s the first step in one of the nation’s leading competitions among high school age students.

Our nationwide speech contest promotes an understanding of Leadership among our nation’s high school students, and encourages the development of vital communication skills. Students research, write and deliver a four to six minute speech on the topic of Leadership. Speeches will be delivered at an NMA meeting, where cash scholarships will be awarded to the top three contestants. Winner advances to the next level.

Public, private and home school students, grades 9 – 12, residing in southeast Michigan are eligible. NMA members take enormous pride in their educational outreach. We sincerely invite you to Apply for this important program.

Scholarship Awards

The top three winners of the southeast Michigan contest will receive scholarship awards of $500, $250 and $100. The first place winner will go forward to the regional contest, with first and second place awards of $1,000 and $500. The top four regional finalists move on to the national speech competition, where they will compete for awards of $4,000, $1,000 and two $500 scholarships. The potential total scholarship award is $5,500.

How to Apply

The NMA Speech Contest committee is accepting written speech drafts and application forms now through Sunday, December 1, 2019. Speech drafts will be reviewed by the Speech Committee to determine the contestants. Contestants will be notified of their selection for the competition. Visit our How to Apply page for more details and downloads.

Contest Details

Contest Date & Location:

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time: Contestant Check-in 4:30 – 5:00 pm, Meeting starts 5:30pm

Location: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan 600 E. Lafayette Blvd., Auditorium,   Detroit, MI 48226

Browse our site to learn more about eligibility and rules. If you have questions, check our FAQ Frequently Asked Questions.

We are committed to quality in our contest and website. Please email NmaSpeechContest@bcbsm.com for comments and/or suggestions. Phone: 313-225-6008.