The CDC and Chicago Public Schools Office of Pathways to College and Career will regularly provide college and career access and college scholarship information.
Please check the CPS Scholarship Guide, with specific opportunities for CPS students.
Visit www.chooseyourfuture.org regularly for scholarship information.
Your schools also have other college readiness programs readily available to the students that they should take advantage of such as AVID
The Posse Foundation identifies a select group of students who might be missed by traditional college admissions criteria but who, with the right support, can be expected to excel at selective liberal arts colleges. Posse partners with 11 liberal arts colleges to provide full scholarships to these students. Posse also provides the students with extensive support for college success throughout their senior year of high school and their college years.
The CDL has been well-represented among Posse scholars – examples include 2012 Alum of the Year Bernadette Limos, 2012 Chicago Debate Champion Tom Trieu, and 2004 Chicago Debate Championship winner Aaron Davis, among many others. But now the Chicago Debate Commission is officially a Posse Scholarship Nominating Agency. We seek current juniors who are interested in applying for Posse Scholarships for college.
It is important for students interested in Posse to understand that involvement in Posse requires dedication and initiative. The reward is a fully-funded excellent university education, with powerful mechanisms in place to support success.
The deadline is Monday, May 20th, 5pm.
State Farm Celebrate My Drive 2013
With motor vehicle accidents the number one killer of teens, State Farm introduced Celebrate My Drive last year as an opportunity for communities to rally around teens as they learn to drive. State Farm continues to provide financial support to schools that foster student collaborative and civic engagement on the responsibilities that teen drivers have to not only one another but also to those in the communities where they live. It emphasizes the positives of safe choices behind the wheel, as teens celebrate the freedom that comes with the rite of passage of getting a drivers’ license.
This year, 2 schools will be awarded the Grand Prize of $100,000 and a concert by a chart-topping music artists. 8 Schools will win $100,000 and 90 schools will win $25,000. A member of the school administration needs to apply.
The Michele Coleman Mayes CDL Alum Scholarship
The Michele Coleman Mayes CDL Alum Scholarship, created and funded by Allstate Insurance Company in honor of Michele Coleman Mayes, is a $5,000 one-time award that will be disbursed in the summer or fall of 2013 to the recipient’s four-year college or university. CDL alums who graduated from high school in 2011 or 2012 and who are enrolled in a four-year college or university are eligible to apply for the Mayes Scholarship. Selection will be done by the Board of Directors of the Chicago Debate Commission, and will be based on: (a) current academic performance in college, (b) demonstrated potential for future academic and professional success, (c) CDL debate participation and achievements, and (d) financial need. Applications are due by Friday, May 17, 2013. The recipient of the Mayes Scholarship will be announced on Friday, June 7, 2013.
Early College Program for Rising Juniors and Seniors
Here is a great opportunity for current sophomores & juniors over the summer! The City Colleges of Chicago’s Early College program is looking for students to take a college level course for FREE! If the students pass with at least a C or above, they can receive college credit that they can transfer to colleges and universities across the nation. Also, students can take a free class each semester until they graduate high school.
1. GPA of at least 2.5 (if lower, student needs a recommendation from school)
2. ACT at least a 19 (16-18 ACT should still apply, take the COMPASS test, and may still qualify.) Students pick a class based on qualifications from ACT or COMPASS scores.
3. Classes start June 5th (students should register for evening classes so it doesn’t interfere with last two weeks of high school.)
More information and application online at
or call Renée M. Daye at (o) 312-850-7896 or (c) 773-699-8471 if you have questions.
Loyola University Debate Scholarship
The Director of Debate, David Romanelli, would like all CDL schools to know that Loyola University Debate recently received a significant increase in scholarship resources from the university. Professor Romanelli is inviting CDL seniors who have not yet committed to a college in the fall — and all juniors — to apply to Loyola University Chicago –
– and to apply for a Loyola University Debate Scholarship –
Scholarships range from $1,000 – $7,000, depending on debate aptitude and need.
Loyola University Chicago runs a parliamentary debate program, which is similar to our policy debate format but varies topics more frequently and places less emphasis on the use of textual evidence to support arguments, and therefore involves less research, but also gives greater weight to oral communication skills.
Loyola University Debate already has a close relationship to the Chicago Debate League. In addition to providing judges for many CDL tournaments, Loyola Debate officers are mainly CDL debaters/coaches — Nick Locke (Alcott/Lane Tech), Elvis Veizi (Lane Tech), Phil Kraft (Payton). And Lane Tech graduating senior Dara Davis has been offered a Loyola University Debate scholarship worth up to $24,000 ($6,000 per year for four years, as long as she stays on the Loyola debate team).
Please contact Professor Romanelli for more information — email@example.com.
Loyola University Chicago is a school where our students can get a very fine college education.
2013 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows (BFTF) Summer Institute
June 30-July 26, 2013 | Wake Forest University | Winston-Salem, NC
Do you know a teenager (16-18) who is interested in meeting young people from Europe, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia? Do they have an interest in learning more about transatlantic relationships, democracy and social entrepreneurship?
The Department of Communication at Wake Forest University is offering 10 Scholarships for American students to attend the 2013 Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows (BFTF) Summer Institute. These Scholarships include the following:
· $3,500 scholarship; Designation as Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellow (covers tuition, activities, meals and lodging in WFU dorm, and partial travel funds to and from WFU)
· Participation in all Institute events, including classes on: Citizenship, Comparative Constitutionalism, Documentary Film Production, Social Entrepreneurship, and Public Advocacy, all taught by Wake Forest and visiting faculty.
· Seven day educational trip to Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, PA, including a visit to the State Department, The Washington Center and several sites including the Newseum in DC and the Constitution Center in Philadelphia.
· Civic engagement activities, local community service projects and workshops on public advocacy.
· The U.S. Fellows would join about 35 Fellows on the Wake Forest University campus for a month-long Institute. The international Fellows are from over 40 countries ranging from Armenia to Iceland, Denmark to Kosovo, Malta to Lithuania. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens and 16-18 years old.
The Institute runs from June 30-July 27. We are revamping our main website but you can find information about the BFTF and an application on our Facebook page. Applications are due April 28, 2013.
Scholarship Opportunity from University of Houston
Policy Debate at the University of Houston features a competitive debate team, a public debate series, and exciting courses. The program draws on theory and requires research into complex matters of public policy, including energy, the environment, and health care. Students participate in national tournaments that enhance public speaking, encourage civic involvement, and develop leadership.
Debaters often participate in the University of Houston’s Honors College. The Honors College provides the University’s finest students the best of both worlds — the personal support and attention of a small community together with the resources and diversity of a large research university. Honors students enjoy: small classes, accessible faculty/staff, priority course registration and orientation, reserved facilities, student community, study abroad, research opportunities, unique minors/programs, and graduation with distinction.
Scholarship Competition: Students interested in participating in Policy Debate at the University of Houston are invited to compete for a scholarship ($500-1500 per year for four years). While experience in policy debate is preferred, students with other debate or speaking experience will be considered. To be considered please submit the following materials to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15th.
- A letter of recommendation from a coach or teacher.
- A resume of debate achievements, including results from tournaments attended in the previous year.
- A personal statement (1 page) that speaks to your interest in debating in college at the University of Houston.
Deadline is March 15th. If you have questions, contact Sarah Spring email@example.com.
If you have questions or need additional information, please visit the Policy Debate wesbite or email firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you!
Have you thought about becoming a lawyer?
Competitive academic debate is widely recognized to provide outstanding preparation for a career in the law. In fact, more than 40 law school deans and professors have recently signed a clear and powerful statement which declares that urban debate will have a significant effect on the diversity of the legal profession, over time. General counsels (chief lawyers at corporations) have signed a similar statement.
Participating in the Chicago Debate League is an ideal way to begin to prepare yourself to become a successful attorney when you’re older.
Colleges offering debate or speech:
- List of active college policy debate teams
- List of active college parliamentary debate teams (format similar to policy debate)
- List of active college forensics or speech teams (includes formats that are different than policy debate)
Richard Holland Memorial Scholarship (open to graduating seniors or current college students):
- $2500 award
- Minimum GPA of 3.5/4.0 for High School Seniors
- Minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 for Current College Students
- Eligible only for full-time college students in 2013-2014 school year
- Application due by 3/15
- Award recipient announced 5/1
Loyola University Chicago:
The debate scholarship at Loyola is normally from $500-$3000 and can be renewed each year. To apply students should send an e-mail to me with their address, phone number, school attended, tournaments attended, awards won and GPA.
David M. Romanelli
Instructor/Director of Debate
Loyola University Chicago
Indiana University Bloomington:
Indiana, which is starting a competitive policy debate team under two very experienced college coaches, offers scholarships between $1000 – $10,000 a year. Application deadline is 2/15.
Carthage offers scholarships up to $10,000 a year and is coached by former CDL teacher and coach Matt Tuttle in parliamentary debate. Application deadline is start of March.
Baylor, in Waco, Texas, offers two full-tuition scholarships a year to especially qualified debaters – this would be of interest to debaters with more National Circuit experience, especially.
Emporia State University:
Emporia State, in Kansas, has been home to some very successful recent urban debate high school graduates. Scholarship applications are available only to admitted students and are evaluated at end of fall semester and middle of spring semester.
University of Texas Dallas:
UTD has a scholarship application page and a rising, successful debate team. Applications are due by February 1st.
Idaho State University:
Idaho State’s debate team has a scholarship page.
Samford, in Birmingham, Alabama, has some scholarship money available for debaters, particularly those with National Circuit experience. More info can be found on their scholarship page.
University of Missouri Kansas City:
UMKC has a long history of involvement with urban debate and some scholarship money available to experienced debaters. More can be found on their information page.
University of Nevada Las Vegas has scholarship info on their debate website.
This is an exciting scholarship from Trinity, in San Antonio, a rising debate program that’s now home to Whitney Young alum and 2010 National Champion Misael Gonzales.
Baker Duncan Scholarships ($2,000 – $10,000)
First year students who plan to participate in music or debate, major or minor in drama, or major in art may qualify for these awards. A separate application is required, and students may submit materials in more than one area of the arts.
- Entering first year students who plan to participate in music or debate, major or minor in drama, or major in art.
How to apply
Potential candidates should contact the following program(s) or visit the websites listed below for more information on requirements and application procedures.
- Baker Duncan Application Deadline: March 2
- Baker Duncan Audition Deadline: March 2
- Notification of award decision will be sent to scholarship applicants prior to April 1
- The Baker Duncan Scholarship is renewable for up to eight semesters of undergraduate study. To ensure renewal, students must participate/major in TU fine arts/debate and maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA at the end of each academic year.
Urban Debate League Scholarship
Trinity University is pleased to offer a $5,000 Urban Debate League Scholarship to talented debaters from high schools participating in the Urban Debate Leagues network.
- Must qualify for admission to Trinity University
- Must qualify for need-based financial aid as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Must graduate from a high school participating in the Urban Debate Leagues network
How to apply
- Apply for admission to Trinity University by February 1 using the Common Application (www.commonapp.org).
- Submit the FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov), including Trinity’s code: 003647, by February 15.
- Submit the following by March 1:
- A letter of interest outlining your involvement in competitive debate and your academic goals and interests
- A tournament-by-tournament record of debate competitions
- A letter of recommendation from your high school debate coach
- Optional: letters of recommendation from anyone in a position to evaluate your potential as a Trinity University debater
- Recipients will be notified by April 1
- The Urban Debate League Scholarship is renewable for up to eight semesters of undergraduate study. To ensure renewal, students must maintain a cumulative 2.0 GPA at the end of each academic year and maintain participation in TU debate.
- Questions regarding the Urban Debate League Scholarship should be directed to Sarah Topp at 210-999-8582 of the Department of Human Communication and Theatre, email@example.com.
Antioch College is a small, private, liberal-arts college offering a very good college education in a progressive environment, concerned with promoting social justice consciousness among its students.
The Chairman of the Board of the Boston Debate League is helping organize the offering of 25 Horace Mann Fellowships (named after the famed American intellectual often credited with the invention of the U.S. public school system and the first president of Antioch College). Horace Mann Fellowships are four-year, full-ride scholarships to the college.
The application deadline is March 1st.
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh:
University of Kentucky:
University of Kentucky has scholarship info on their debate website. Debate scholarship applications are due by 4/1, there are additional university scholarships that have a deadline of 3/1.
Whitman, an excellent liberal arts school in Washington, offers a need-based Presidential scholarship . Admission to Whitman is very competitive academically and scholarship applications are due by end of February.
Wayne State University:
Wayne State, in Detroit, has both a talent scholarship and online debate scholarship application. The scholarship application deadline is second week of January.