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Communication Department Debate Scholarships

Debate Scholarships

This page explains all forms of scholarship available to Emporia State University debaters. Awards are generally made in combination to form a total package, as long as a debater meets the requirements and guidelines.

Walter E. Myer Scholarship fund

This fund is a grant from the Dean of Liberal Arts and Science to the debate program from the Walter E. Myer Memorial Scholarship fund. To be eligible for this fund, you must be majoring in a field in the College of Liberal Arts and Science. If you receive this award and you are not a LAS major, your reward will be rescinded (undecided majors are not eligible). Renewable at the discretion of the coaching staff.

George R.R. Pflaum Scholarship

This award is based on monies collected and distributed to the Pflaum Scholarship Fund, in memory of former Director of Debate George R. R. Pflaum. The person receiving this scholarship is designated as the Pflaum Scholar, and is expected to maintain a solid academic reputation, as well as being a successful member of the ESU Debate program. Renewable at the discretion of the coaching staff.

Debate Alumni Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded by the Alumni Scholarship Committee, made up of two faculty members and the Director of Debate. The committee awards this scholarship to one incoming freshman or transfer student based on GPA, perceived ability to succeed in debate, and other criteria. Being a communication major is not required, but is a favorable factor. This award is not renewable, and is only given the first year of attendance.

Work Study/Student Hire

Opportunities are available for federal work-study positions associated with the debate team. This is not a scholarship and is available to persons who perform jobs for the debate team that are not related to competition or research. Students interested in this opportunity will have to interview and compete against other students interested in the position(s). If you are interested in helping with ESU Debate, but are worried about travel commitment and time investment, there are many other opportunities through this non-scholarship fund to be a part of our tradition (website management, managing our recruiting database, university activities coordination, etc.).

If you’re interested in learning more about how to apply for debate scholarships, please visit the link below.