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 david.arnett@uky.edu.

Here is the urban debate scholarship:

And here is the Parker Diversity Scholarship:

http://www.uky.edu/financialaid/content/william-c-parker-diversity-scholarship-program

  • 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 mhester@westga.edu.
  • 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: courtney.wright@ic.edu
  • University of Central Florida’s Nick Sciullo has interest in recruiting CDL debaters to his university. Please contact him at nicksciullo@gmail.com.
  • Regis University in Denver is interested in CDL debaters and Director of Forensics Jon Denzler can be contacted at denzl480@regis.edu.
  • NAUDL has a somewhat outdated list of college debate teams offering scholarships, notably including Samford, Indiana, SIU, Wake Forest, USC, Emory, Emporia, UNLV and Baylor.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.