Regents' Cup

A celebration of free speech, civil discourse and democratic engagement at Arizona’s public universities, the 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. The application process for 2021 is now closed. The next Regents' Cup will be held April 24, 2021.

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 2021 Regents' Cup will be held as a virtual event on April 24, 2021. Arizona State University is the host university this year. 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.

Top-placing individuals and advancing teams are awarded a scholarship to apply toward the advancement of their education. Students selected to take part in the Regents’ Cup may be eligible to receive either internship or course credit for their work.

2019 Winners:

1st place – ASU: Valielza O’Keefe and Joshua Pardhe
2nd place – UArizona: Vincent Jasso and Finley Dutton-Reid
3rd place – ASU: Jessica Carter and Logan Guthrie
3rd 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. This year's sponsors are:

  • Platinum Sponsors: Arizona Public Service Company, Arizona Strategies
  • Gold Sponsor: Salt River Project
  • Silver Sponsors: Arizona Community Foundation, Arizona General Contractors, W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
  • Bronze Sponsors: Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, Tucson Electric Power Company-UniSource Energy
  • Contributor: Southwest Gas

To find out more about sponsorships, download this pdf file or call 602-229-2591.

Students will participate in either persuasive storytelling or Oxford debate. Materials in these sections will prepare judges through descriptions of public speaking and debate styles, scoring information and the process and flow for each style.

Judge's Training Materials

OxfordPersuasive Storytelling

Training Videos

Moderator TrainingPersuasive Storytelling TrainingScoring TrainingOxford-style Training


  • Full-time students at one of Arizona’s public universities at the time of the Regents’ Cup
  • First-year through graduate students
  • 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 Regent’s Cup on April 24, 2021

Arizona Board of Regents

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

Mya Trivison: | (602) 229-2528