Regents' Cup

A celebration of free speech, civil discourse and democratic engagement at Arizona’s public universities, the annual Regents’ Cup engages students in rigorous debate anchored by respect and civil discourse. The Regents’ Cup provides an opportunity for students to compete through debate and public speaking for scholarships and course credit in an engaging competition showcasing the commitment of the universities to upholding the intrinsic rights of all students to liberty and freedom of speech.

Debate at public universities is a historic tradition that fosters leadership in students and rewards academic skills of questioning, sound argument and confident speaking. The Regents’ Cup competition is designed for students from all of Arizona’s public universities to engage in rigorous debate and public speaking.

Team members participate in either Oxford debate or persuasive storytelling rounds, sharing true stories from personal experiences. Participants adhere to a standard code of conduct, as defined by national benchmark standards. Judges score teams and declare first, second and third-place teams. Each team receives a portion of a scholarship purse.


The annual Regents’ Cup competition is a celebration of free speech and civil discourse. The theme for the 2022 Regents’ Cup is the importance of the preservation of democracy.

Application due date is December 3rd, 2021

The 2022 Regents' Cup will be held on April 30, 2022. Northern Arizona University is the host university. This tri-university competition features student team members engaging in debate and speech events that honor participants for articulating different points of view in an environment where competitors remain civil and respectful.

Students compete for first, second and third place awards in storytelling and Oxford events. They also receive generous scholarships to finance their education. All students who compete receive a monetary award. Students selected to take part in the Regents’ Cup may be eligible to receive either internship or course credit for their work.

2021 Winning University:

Arizona State University

2021 Oxford Debate Winners:

First place, $15,000 scholarship – ASU: Abigail Spencer, Langston Tillman
Second place, $12,000 scholarship – UArizona: Akash Satpathy, Joshua Tashoff
Third place, $5,000 scholarship – ASU: Jake Dean, Zane Encinas
Third place, $5,000 scholarship – UArizona: Nyah Fyfe, Marnie Gyorffy

2021 Storytelling Winners:

First place, $15,000 scholarship – UArizona: Daniel Gyorffy
Second place, $12,000 scholarship – NAU: Riley Smelkinson
Third place, $5,000 scholarship – NAU: Marjorie Nguyen

2019 Winning University:

Arizona State University

2019 Winners:

First place – ASU: Valielza O’Keefe and Joshua Pardhe
Second place – UArizona: Vincent Jasso and Finley Dutton-Reid
Third place – ASU: Jessica Carter and Logan Guthrie
Third place – UArizona: Nyah Fyfe and Marnie Gyorffy.

Sponsors may showcase their support for Arizona’s public universities and free speech through Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze sponsorship opportunities. Sponsor benefits include an invitation to the Regents’ Cup reception following the event competition, prominent logo display, brand recognition through social media promotion and news releases, and recognition on the event’s invitation.

2022 Regents' Cup Sponsors

Information about sponsorships is available by calling 602-229-2542 and through this document.

Judges are integral to the success of the Regents’ Cup. Judges for the event include leading figures from government, industry and academia. Information for the 2022 Regents’ Cup will be forthcoming soon.


The annual Regents’ Cup competition is a celebration of free speech and civil discourse. The theme for the 2022 Regents’ Cup is the importance of the preservation of democracy.

Applications are now closed for the 2022 Regents' Cup.


  • Full-time students (first-year through graduate students) at one of Arizona’s public universities at the time of the Regents’ Cup
  • 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA
  • Application and essay submitted to Arizona Board of Regents’ website
  • Meet university expectations for preparation and participation
  • Participate in Regents’ Cup on April 29-30, 2022 at Northern Arizona University. This event is planned as an in-person event, though could become a virtual event should pandemic protocols change.

Arizona Board of Regents

2700 N. Central Avenue, Suite 400
Phoenix, Arizona 85004

Sarah Harper: | (602) 229-2542