Lafayette College is awarding the Barge Oratorical Prize to rising and graduating seniors.  The Barge Oratorical Prize has a rich tradition at Lafayette.  The prize was originally endowed by Benjamin F. Barge in 1900.

The Barge Oratorical Prize committee needs your assistance identifying deserving students.  The prize will reward students for oratorical excellence in the presentation/defense of their honors thesis.  If you have worked closely with a student on their honors thesis and believe that their oratorical skill is exceptional, you are encouraged to nominate that student for the prize.  The committee understands that the student is not likely to have defended their thesis yet, but the student will be asked to record an oral presentation about their research and its importance.

The Barge Oratorical Prize committee is currently soliciting nominations.  Please submit the name(s) and e-mail(s) of nominees to John Boyer at by 5pm on Wednesday, April 27, 2022.  Nominees will be notified and will have until Friday, May 6, to record a video presenting their thesis.  Up to five winners will receive a $3000 dollar financial award!