Diederich College of Communication announces 2023 Chris Farley Scholarship winners

Each year, the Diederich College of Communication awards a scholarship in honor of alumnus Chris Farley. The Christopher Crosby Farley Scholarship is a merit award presented to a student with senior standing in any major in the college for creativity and positive use of humor, based on application and audition.


This year, there are two awardees, Charlie Hobert and Matthew Torkilsen. Both auditions impressed the judging committee with their interviews and comedic timing.

Hobert is a senior from Los Angeles, California, who is majoring in theatre arts. “Winning this award is an enormous honor,” Hobert said. “Comedy is extremely important to me, so to win something in the name of the great Chris Farley means more than words can say!”


Torkilsen is a senior from Lake Villa, Illinois, majoring in theatre arts with double minors in advertising and digital media. “For me, comedy is something that is so ingrained in my daily life that it feels almost second nature,” Torkilsen said. “The opportunity to win an award in the name of one of the comedic greats means the world to me and I am eternally grateful to have been gifted this opportunity. Thank you Farley, I won’t let you down. “

Charlie Hobert’s audition for the Chris Farley Scholarship
Matthew Torkilsen’s audition for the Chris Farley Scholarship