Scholarships & Out-of-State Tuition Waivers

New GSU Debate Scholarship Announcement

Beginning in the Fall of 2009, the GSU debate team will begin offering at least two debate scholarships to incoming students. The amount of the scholarships is $1000 per semester. The scholarships are contingent on active participation in competitive debate at GSU, and are funded directly by our organization. Recipients who satisfy participation and academic requirements will have their scholarships renewed for four years (contingent on academic and other restrictions).

We will prioritize students who have strong academic qualifications and a history of competitive success in debate. However, all students with a debate background who qualify for admission to GSU are eligible. We are looking for students with a strong desire to debate, a good work ethic, and the sort of personal qualities conducive to being a productive role model on the team. A background in debate teaching and outreach is a bonus.

GSU Debate also has a limited number of out-of-state tuition waivers available for students from outside the state of Georgia. As of this writing, an out-of-state waiver would save a full-time GSU student over $7,000 per year. Recipients of tuition waivers are also eligible for debate scholarships.

We generally make scholarship decisions in the late spring, as admissions decisions are being announced. However, we encourage you to apply whenever you send in your application for admission to GSU. Tuition waivers are given out on a less rigid timeline, but you should not hesitate to apply as soon as you know you are interested in attending GSU.

To apply for a debate scholarship or an out-of-state tuition waiver, send an email to Dr. Joe Bellon containing the following information:

(1) Your contact information. This means your phone number, your e-mail address, and a snail mail address.

(2) A comprehensive list of your debate highlights for your junior and/or senior years in high school.

(3) A brief (one page) essay describing your career as a debater, what your goals are for your college career, and why you are considering GSU.

(4) Contact information for your high school coach. You may also include contact information for any other individuals who have had significant coaching experience with you.

(5) Your high school GPA and your standardized test scores. You don’t need to send us official transcripts or test reports -- we trust you.

(6) A rough description of your financial situation. Do you expect to qualify for Hope? Do you expect to qualify for any kind of financial aid? That kind of thing.