To recognize and showcase teens of Chinese heritage for their extraordinary talents, efforts,
and accomplishments through English public speaking.
Applicant Qualification:

  • All Chinese American students who are legal residents in the Greater Washington, D.C.
    area, which encompasses Maryland, Virginia and District of Columbia, are eligible to
    apply and enter the competition for this scholarship.
  • Winners will be obligated to attend the award ceremony, NO exception. Winners must
    accept their awards in person with a 1-min winning speech; failure to do that may
    cause their award to be forfeited. The award ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 9
    starting at 1:00 pm at the Culture Center of TECRO, 901 Wind River Lane, Gaithersburg,
    MD 20878; (301) 869-8585. (This venue is subject to change; see Rho Psi Society webpage for
    update & announcement).

Selection Criteria:

The Rho Psi Society will appoint a group of judges as the Evaluation Committee to
evaluate each applicant and his/her performance. The performances are evaluated as
– Content (speech messages)
– Originality
– Creativity
– Techniques
– Overall Presentation

Conflict of Interest: When the situation arises that a judge was/is a teacher of the
applicant or is related to the applicant, (1) both the applicant and the judge shall promptly
disclose this fact during in-person competition and (2) the judge shall not participate in
the evaluation of said applicant.

Rules for Application, Competition, and Award Ceremony:

  • The deadline for application is February 28, 2020 (Friday).
  • The application form can be downloaded from www.RhoPsi.org.
  • Complete the 2-page application form and send it via e-mail to Dr. C.J. George Chang at
    gchang2012@yahoo.com. Each applicant and one of applicant’s parents (or legal
    guardian) must sign the application form. The applicant must provide his/her e-mail
    address, mailing address and telephone number(s).


  •  The competition is conducted in two stages.
  • In the first stage, the applicants will receive through an email 2 topic themes of speech
    and specific instructions. Each applicants shall send 2 video clips (2 speeches; 4-5 min
    each; contestant is disqualified if any speech is over 5 min) of his/hers via e-mail to Dr.
    C.J. George Chang at gchang2012@yahoo.com [specifying “2020 Rho Psi Public Speaking”, applicant’s Chinese and full English names, and Age group (A or B) in the email heading].
    In the second stage, the winners (10) of the first stage (notified by e-mail) will meet for
    the final round of In-Person Competition on April 19, 2020 1:00-5:00 pm (Sunday,
    Gaithersburg, MD). The details will be announced in a later date. The contestant needs
    to present a different speech in front of the judge panel.
    All winners will be announced at the end of the competition day (4/19/20).


More Information

If you have any questions please contact Mr.  George Chang gchang2012@yahoo.com