Why Contribute

Debate is an outstanding and life-changing activity. However, it is also an expensive one. As the team has grown over the past several years, so have travel costs. Your contribution to the UM Debate Success Fund will help enrich the lives of UM debaters by offering more students the opportunity to experience debate travel and competition.

“Scholarships show commitment to members of the Debate team, and also to prospective debaters. Not only can we conduct general outreach to talented high school debaters who may bring value to the UM team, but it also shows our present members that the alumni community and the school supports what we’re doing.” – David Silverman ’17, President of UM Debate

Students on the team work incredibly hard on debate preparation and use several hours a week of their personal time to ensure they are ready to represent UM in debates nationwide. However, these students do not receive any type of academic credit for all their hard work. Your contribution to the Debate Team Scholarship Fund will allow our team to recruit and retain top debaters.

Attraction and retention of top talent enhances the debate program overall and allows the team to reach new heights while competing on the road and at home. By contributing to the UM Debate Team Scholarship Fund, you are supporting the personal development its members, supporting your alma mater, and most importantly, supporting students who otherwise may not be able to attend UM.

The Debate Team aims to endow its existing scholarship fund. Achieving this goal will allow the Debate Team to provide scholarships for top debaters in perpetuity. A Debate Team alumnus has already pledged $25,000 toward this goal and has committed to an extra $25,000 once we raise an additional $50,000 from other sources. Please join us in reaching this goal and serving the debate community for years to come.

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