Note: This information is valid for new students entering Cedarville in 2012–13.
The Cedarville University Debate Team competes with colleges and universities across the United States through the NPDA (National Parliamentary Debate Association), which is the largest debate organization in the country. Students who plan on pursuing careers in ministry, law, education, business, or politics are encouraged to join the team. Scholarships are available for first-year and returning students.
First Year Eligibility
Debate Scholarships for "First Year" students may be awarded to new freshmen or transfer students, as well as currently enrolled students who are new to the team. The Director of Debate awards these scholarships after the application and interviews are completed. Scholarships generally range from $500 - $2,000. The application will assess the following information:
- Previous experience in Debate competition or related activities
- High school GPA (unweighted 4.0 scale)
- ACT/SAT test scores (SAT scores represent a combination of critical reading and math)
- Rationale for wanting to join the team
Application and interview with the program director
Print, complete and submit the Debate Scholarship application
Up to $2,000 per year (1st year) or $3,000 per year (continuing)
- Full-time enrollment (minimum 12 credit hours per term)
- Limited to eight semesters
- May be combined with other grants and scholarships
Based on performance and director's discretion
Continuing Student Eligibility
Debate Scholarships for returning team members are awarded as follows: priority consideration is given to students serving in a formal leadership role (e.g., team captain); subsequent scholarships are then considered for the other team members. Scholarships generally range from $500 - $3,000. To receive the scholarship the team member must inform the Director of Debate of his or her intent to return at the end of the season (the third week of April). The Director of Debate will award the scholarship the following fall after the student returns to the team. No application required. The current Director of Debate will determine amount of the scholarship based on the following criteria:
- GPA of at least 2.5
- Level of success in previous year(s) of competition
- Willingness to coach/mentor less experienced team members
- Financial need
If you have questions about this scholarship, contact the Dept. of Media and Applied Communications at 937-766-7959.