The Willamette University Debate Union offers partial scholarships to selected students. Any entering freshman may apply for a Debate scholarship. The scholarships are awarded on a basis of merit proved through accomplishments in high school, and do not require participation on the team. Once a student has received a scholarship, he or she may apply to continue receiving them in the future. Participation and good conduct are necessary for maintaining the scholarship past the first year.
On rare occasions, students not receiving scholarships during their first year are able to apply for scholarships in later year.