Spartan Debate Scholars

Spartan Debate Scholars

The Spartan Debate Institute is committed to making an exceptional summer debate education accessible to all students. As part of that objective, the SDI is proud to offer the Spartan Debate Scholars (SDS) scholarship program for high school students who attend schools that are members of the Detroit Urban Debate League. As a Spartan Debate Scholar, the recipient will receive a full scholarship (including tuition, room, and board) to the SDI 3- or 4-week programs. For the upcoming summer, the SDI will be making available four (4) SDS scholarships - with a total value of over $10,000.

Applicants for the SDS must meet the following conditions:

  • Attend a high school that is a member of the Detroit Urban Debate league
  • Be nominated for the award by the DUDL Executive Leadership
  • Have a minimum of 1 year of policy debate experience with a minimum of 20 contest rounds of experience
  • Have a minimum 2.0 high school GPA

​SDS awards will be made no later than April 1, 2018.

For more information, please contact John Lawson, Interim Director of the Detroit Urban Debate League ( or the SDI (


Urban Debate League Scholarships

The Spartan Debate Institute also offers scholarships for students who attend schools that are a member of any Urban Debate League. UDL scholarships are automatic for applicants that meet the membership criteria. For 2017, the SDI has committed to make available up to $20,000 in scholarship awards for UDL students. Awards are as follows:

  • 4-week program or Hoya Spartan Scholars: $500 off tuition
  • 2-week or 3-week programs: $250 off tuition

Awards are automatically applied; there is no further application required. Please note on your application that you qualify for the UDL discount to expedite processing.

For more information, please contact the SDI ( 


Summer Scholars Program

The Michigan State University Honors College Summer Scholars Program provides financial and professional development to support outstanding students to attend MSU’s academic and research precollege programs. The program is open to African American students who are either rising sophomores or juniors who demonstrate academic merit through academic performance in high school and a recommendation from a teacher or school administrator.

Scholarships are awarded through the MSU Honors College and you can find more information and how to apply here.