What Makes a Winning Founders' Scholarship Presentation?
Video of Ariel Mouser, 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 competition 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? Ariel Mouser, a senior from Aiken, SC, was recently selected as a Founders’ Scholar. When asked what contributed to her success, Mouser said she thought that confidence in the material was important to giving a winning presentation.
“One of the most important requirements for a strong presentation is confidence,” Mouser said. “If it looks like you're unsure and don't believe what you're arguing, why should your audience believe you? There are plenty of people with great ideas who will never be able to persuade anyone because they cannot stand up in front of an audience and say with conviction, ‘Listen to me. This is a problem; this is how I'm going to fix it, and you should too.’”
Below is a video of her 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, Mouser responded that she would probably choose the House of Susan B. Anthony.
"From what I've gathered from the description on the Kings website, two of the core values for this house are Authenticity and Influence,” she said. “These values appeal to me because I have a very strong sense of being completely myself and as my Founders’ speech indicates, I want to engage and influence our society. On top of that, I'm a complete book nerd and love to write, so the symbol of a quill and pen is perfect for me.”
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.