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Debater of the Year


2023 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 will deliver a speech at NAUDL’s Annual Dinner in Dallas on March 30, 2023. Finalists in the competition will receive a college scholarship of at least $1,000.

The winner and their partner will automatically qualify for the  Urban Debate National Championship* (UDNC) scheduled for March 31 – April 2, 2023. (*If they have not already qualified.)



  • Seniors graduating in 2023
  • GPA of at least 2.00
  • Active in their urban debate league for the last two years
  • Resumé of leadership service in the debate community
  • Able to attend the NAUDL Urban Debate National Championship (UDNC)

Key Dates 

  • Jan 4
    Application Opens
  • Jan 27
    First Application Due
  • Feb 3
    Finalists Announced
  • Feb 13
    Final Application Due
  • March 1
    Debater of the Year Announced
  • March 31 – April 2
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