Debate Scholarship Application

The Willamette University Debate Union is proud to offer the Debate Scholarship

students fencing on a table


Any entering first-year student may apply for a Debate Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of merit proven through accomplishments in high school, however, it does not require prior experience in a formal debate. Participation and good conduct are necessary for maintaining the scholarship beyond the first year. On rare occasions, students not receiving a scholarship during their first year are able to apply for a scholarship in later years.


There are three requirements needed to be considered for a debate scholarship at Willamette:

Please ensure that you have the following items prepared prior to beginning your Debate Scholarship application:

  • A reference letter from your debate coach or another recommender who can speak to your ability to contribute to the team — or —
  • Contact information (full name and email) for the recommender you have selected so we can contact them for a reference


  • Finalists will be invited to interview with our debate coach.
Willamette students in a debate

How to Apply

Please review all instructions on this page before proceeding with the application.

Apply for a Debate Scholarship

Priority Submission Deadlines

Deadline has passed, please contact the Office of Admission for more information.


Contact: Kyle Sessions, Debate Coach

Office: 503-370-6678

Willamette University

Debate Union

900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
Ruth Feingold

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