The National Forensic League (NFL) is a non-partisan, not for profit educational honor society established to encourage and motivate high school students to participate in and become proficient in the forensic arts: debate, public speaking, and interpretation. Since Bruno E. Jacob first envisioned the league in 1925, NFL has enrolled over 1.3 million members. Many of these members have risen to the pinnacle of their respective fields, including former Vice-Presidents Huber Humphrey; Senators Richard Lugar, Russ Feingold and William Frist; media visionaries Ted Turner and Oprah Winfrey; Emmy award winners Kelsey Grammer and Shelly Long; news anchor Jane Pauley; C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb; Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor; and actors Brad Pitt, Michael Urie, and James Dean.
Over $153,000 in college scholarships are awarded at each annual NFL national tournament, enabling talented and deserving students to pursue post-secondary education. Through its tournament, services, and outreach, NFL aspires to continue its longstanding tradition of excellence and pursue its mission of giving youth a voice.