President's and Salzman-Medica Speech and Debate Scholarships


If you have significant experience in interscholastic debate or speaking, you’ve won awards in open/senior/championship division, and you want to commit to full participation in the forensics program during your four years while at Whitman College, you are encouraged to apply for a President’s Scholarship in Debate. Whitman’s program competes in team policy debate, team parliamentary debate, and impromptu and extemporaneous speaking.

President’s Scholarships are awarded to entering students in recognition of exceptional talent. The scholarship meets all of the recipient’s demonstrated financial need when combined with scholarships or grants from any other sourcesand varies from $2,500 to $47,000 per yer, according to need. President's Scholarships for students without demonstrated financial need will range from $2,500 to $6,000 per year, depending on available monies. Precise scholarship amounts will be listed in the student's Financial Aid Award Letter. Financial need is determined by the Office of Financial Aid Services using data from both the FAFSA and CSS Profile, which are due to the appropriate agencies by February 1, 2013.

President’s Scholarship in Debate Application Process

Students interested in applying should contact Kevin Kuswa, Director of Forensics, before February 21, 2013. Kevin Kuswa will then send you the link to the the scholarship application form as well as other materials about the speech and debate program at Whitman. The application form requires the following information:

  • Your GPA and SAT I/ACT scores
  • Years of experience you have in forensics
  • Awards you have won
  • A brief description of your interest in research, speaking, and maintaining your commitment to forensics in college
  • Examples of your research such as evidence or extemp files
  • A video of you giving a speech in a debate or speaking event (typically an electronic file, but DVD also works)
  • A recommendation letter from your speech/debate coach

Be sure to use the application form that Kevin Kuswa emails you, since it will include the official and accurate requests for information. In order to be eligible, students must submit their application by February 28, 2013. Awards will be post-marked by April 15, 2013 for first-year applicants and May 1, 2013 for transfer applicants.

If you have questions about the scholarship please contact Kevin Kuswa, Director of Debate, at