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Debater of the Year


2024 Debater of the Year Application

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The Debater of the Year award recognizes a debater who demonstrates commitment to debate, improvement in their academic performance and leadership in their school, urban debate league and community.

The Debater of the Year will receive a college scholarship of at least $2,000 and they, along with their partner, will automatically qualify for the  Urban Debate National Championship* (UDNC) scheduled for April 11 – 14, 2024, in Evanston, IL. The Debater of the Year will also have the opportunity to deliver a speech at NAUDL’s Annual Dinner in Miami, FL, on May 10. (*If they have not already qualified.)

Finalists in the competition will receive a college scholarship of at least $1,000.



  • Seniors graduating in 2024
  • GPA of at least 2.00
  • Active in their urban debate league for the last two years
  • Résumé of leadership service in the debate community
  • Available to compete in the NAUDL Urban Debate National Championship

Key Dates 

  • Jan 3
    Application Opens
  • Jan 26
    First Application Due
  • Feb 9
    Finalists Announced
  • Feb 19
    Final Application Due
  • March 8
    Debater of the Year Announced
  • March 11- April 14
    (Evanston, IL)
  • May 10
    NAUDL Annual Dinner
    (Miami, FL)

For questions about the application form or process, please contact Taylor Beck at taylorbeck@urbandebate.org.

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