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Merit Scholarship for Debate

The Barkley Forum Center for Debate Education, in conjunction with Emory College, offers a four year renewable merit scholarship to an incoming first-year Emory College student debater each year through the Emory Scholars Program. Applicants must be accepted through the Emory admissions process, demonstrate superior academic achievement, and demonstrate interscholastic debate excellence to be eligible for consideration.

Each year, the Barkley Forum nominates five high school student debaters to be Emory Scholars Program Finalists. Finalists are considered for membership in the Emory Scholars Program and for the Robert W. Woodruff Debate Scholarship, which consists of full tuition, fees, and on-campus room, and board, renewable for up to 4 years of undergraduate study.

Finalists nominated by the Barkley Forum are also considered for all of the other scholarships (for which they are eligible) offered by the Emory Scholars Program, including the signature Robert W. Woodruff Scholarship and others (click here for other merit scholarships offered by Emory). Many members of the Barkley Forum have received such scholarships in the past, and those other scholarship awards are determined solely by the Admissions Office and Emory College.

For further questions, contact James Herndon at If you wish to apply for the Merit Scholarship for Debate, download the application, complete all the information and return to