Named after former United States vice president and Emory alumnus Alben W. Barkley, the Barkley Forum is Emory’s nationally recognized, award-winning debate team.
The Barkley Forum, in conjunction with the Emory Office of Admission, awards a merit scholarship to an incoming first-year student each year. To be considered, you must demonstrate academic achievement and debate excellence. Submit your application directly to the Barkley Forum and Emory’s dean of admission. The information required on the application includes your current cumulative GPA, standardized test scores and a record of debate accomplishments. For more information, call the Barkley Forum at 404.727.6189 or email the Barkley Forum.
Double Major: International Studies and History
“Debate has taught me research skills that help me immensely in the social sciences. Debaters are constantly researching every detail of topics, which gets us comfortable with both academic literature and important research tools. It has taught me to constantly challenge ideas and evaluate both sides of an issue, instead of blindly taking whatever information is thrown at me. It has also gotten me interested in a variety of topics that overlap substantially with my classwork, and it’s obviously much easier to do well in school when you are interested in your classes.”