Holt V. Spicer Debate Forum
Debate Scholarship Application
It's much easier for us to evaluate the present skills and future potential of scholarship applicants if you've worked with someone on our team at a debate institute (MSDI, KU, UMKC, for example). Some have asked us how to make a good case for their prospects even if they attended other camps or weren't able to attend camps. If you haven't (or even if you have), some materials that might improve your application include (a) samples of files you've personally researched - please mark any cards you didn't cut (b) letters of recommendation from coaches and/or lab leaders (c) video of you debating in practice rounds or tournament rounds. Please email Eric Morris with any computer attachments or internet links; also, please email me if you are sending anything snail mail so I can make sure it is received.
If you haven't worked with us before, please be clear about which formats of debate (CX Policy, L/D, Public Forum, others) you've competed in, and for how long. CX Policy is, by far, the best preparation, but students whose background is in the other types may be novice eligible if they have under 24 rounds of CX policy and under 50 rounds of L/D.
Our timeline for making scholarship decisions is mid to late April for the following fall semester. You are free to apply anytime, but applying before April 1 is advised to receive first consideration (once scholarships are offered, they are generally only available if they are declined). Please apply to Missouri State prior to Jan 15 for the following fall in order to be eligible for most academic scholarships (which are both generous and largely automatic if you apply on time). Most debaters combine debate and academic scholarships into a stronger package. Most require application by January 15; however, some have earlier deadlines. For example, the full ride Presidential Scholarships and the full-tuition Multicultural Leadership Scholarship have December 1 deadlines.