College Scholarship Opportunities

Debate Scholarships
  • University of Kentucky has multiple up-to-full-tuition scholarships targeted to graduates of Urban Debate Leagues and a strong interest in CDL debaters. Recent CDL alums like Maria Sanchez (Northside), Stephani Lopez (Phoenix Military), Marcel Roman (Whitney Young), Veronica Martinez (Ogden), and Josh Kendrick (Kennedy) have received full-tuition scholarships to debate at UK. Current Seniors should apply for both UDL and Parker Diversity Scholarship by December 1st. For more information, please contact David Arnett at

Here is the urban debate scholarship:

And here is the Parker Diversity Scholarship:

  • Loyola University Chicago has a debate scholarship application, which can be accessed here. Scholarships range from $1,000 – $7,000, depending on debate aptitude and need. The Director of Debate, David Romanelli, invites CDL seniors who have not yet committed to a college in the fall — and all juniors — to apply to Loyola, which has probably the largest number of CDL alums on their debate team every season.
  • State University of West Georgia has scholarship money and is noted for their attention to student academics, including a notable recent success story in Hakeem Muhammad, an alum of King College Prep. For more information, please contact Michael Hester at
  • Illinois College has a strong interest in CDL debaters and is a few hours’ drive from Chicago in Jacksonville (Central Illinois). Professor Courtney Wright, who is the Director of Debate there, is interested in having your students contact him about scholarship opportunities:
  • University of Central Florida’s Nick Sciullo has interest in recruiting CDL debaters to his university. Please contact him at
  • Regis University in Denver is interested in CDL debaters and Director of Forensics Jon Denzler can be contacted at
  • NAUDL has a somewhat outdated list of college debate teams offering scholarships, notably including Samford, Indiana, SIU, Wake Forest, USC, Emory, Emporia, UNLV and Baylor.
  • A full list of all colleges that have debate programs (both policy debate and parliamentary debate) can be found here.
General Scholarship Info
  • The CPS Office of College and Career Access has a website with valuable information.
  • Here’s a list of colleges that meet full financial need.
  • The CDC also nominates students for the prestigious Posse scholarship.