Scholarship Opportunities for KU Debate

Thanks to the generosity of the friends, family and alumni of the KU Debate program, KU Debate offers limited scholarships and awards for undergraduates and graduate students involved in KU Debate.  These funds are provided through Endowment Funds dedicated to the support of the Debate program. Coupled with the relatively affordable tuition of the University of Kansas, these scholarships, which are administered by KU Endowment, help to make a college education more affordable for KU Debaters. 

The David McDonald Scholarship is dedicated to the memory of the late David McDonald, a KU debater, and is available to out-of-state students pursuing KU Debate.

The J. Mark and Bridget O. Gidley Scholarship offers scholarships to incoming freshmen and sophomore students who debate for KU and come from high school with a strong academic and debate background.

The Donn W. Parson Award offers undergraduate students support towards tuition to students who are undergraduates.  

The Donn W. Parson Award for Graduate Teaching Assistants offers scholarship support to KU graduate students who work with the KU Debate program.
All scholarships offer partial tuition awards and are subject to the availability and demand for scholarships.  Not all scholarships are awarded each academic year.

The Scott Harris Debate Fund will provide scholarship support to qualified students.

For more information on scholarships.  Contact Scott Harris, David B. Pittaway Director of Debate, for more information on KU Debate and for possible scholarship or award eligibility:  sharris@ku.edu1.

Donors.  Donors who wish to support these scholarship programs may do so by donating online at the KU Endowment web site via our Donation page2.

Donors wishing to endow a new scholarship account may contact LaRisa Chambers at KU Endowment. Phone: 785.832.7471. Email:

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