Ida Reffett was a dedicated La Porte High School teacher who stressed the importance of communication skills to a young life. Through her instruction, students were inspired to think and express themselves clearly, building confidence and leadership skills. Former student, and current La Porte attorney, Michael Drayton initiated the Ida M. Reffett Debate Scholarship to foster outstanding La Porte High School speech and debate students.
Selections shall be made by the La Porte High School Speech and Debate coaching staff. Each individual reviewing applications must sign a confidentiality agreement, and all information from the applications is kept in the strictest of confidence.
Award Notification Timeline
February 23, 2018 - Deadline for submission of portfolio of accomplishments to Mrs. Arney at LPHS
February 24, 2018 – Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM.
Spring 2018 – Recipient will be announced and award presented at the annual Speech and Debate Society Banquet.
The applicant must:
1) be a student of La Porte High School graduating 2018
2) have completed a minimum of four semesters of participation in the competitive speech and/or debate program and concurrent enrollment in the contest speech class.
3) be a member of the National Speech and Debate Association
4) provide a portfolio of accomplishments in the forensics program
5) be pursuing a four-year undergraduate degree from an accredited, tax-exempt college or university
Recipient selection will be based upon: application, attitude, competition record, cooperation, ethical behavior, participation, professionalism, reliability, responsibility, and team contributions.
The following people are not eligible for scholarships administered by Unity Foundation of La Porte County: officers, directors, employees and members of a scholarship committee of Unity Foundation and their immediate families.
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