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Why Debate?

The image portrays two young female debaters preparing their case and includes text reading, "Why Debate? Our mission is to empower engaged learners, critical thinkers, and effective advocates. Encourage your student to join debate today!"

Earn Scholarships

MNUDL debaters can receive the Augsburg Promise Scholarship which covers the entire cost of tuition to Augsburg University. First-year students will receive the total cost of tuition if they meet the following criteria:

  • ACT of 20 or higher
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Pell Grant eligible
  • Debate for 3 or more years for a MNUDL partner high school

Former MNUDL debaters have also qualified for full ride scholarships to universities all over the country including Emory University (Atlanta, GA) and Concordia College (Moorhead, MN). MNUDL debaters have also received substantial scholarships to universities including Columbia University (New York), University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY), and the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.

Academic Achievement

MNUDL debaters surpass their peers in academic achievement. Debaters are 75% more likely to enjoy and engage in class. Debaters have a 12-14% increase in MCA scores. MNUDL prepares students for success after high school, with an average 6+ point ACT score increase and 99% of graduates being accepted into college.


MNUDL debaters may have the opportunity to travel the nation after qualifying for the Urban Debate National Championship. Varsity debaters may travel the upper Midwest (Iowa, Illinois, and North Dakota). Even when traveling locally, debaters meet other motivated students and are able preview university campuses and meet professors and students.

Make New Friends

MNUDL debaters gain a safe, supportive home for students as they integrate into a new high school. Debaters form lifelong friendships through teamwork and gain the confidence needed to make new friends. One MNUDL debater states it best:

“I found a family within my debate team.”

—Goachy Y., Patrick Henry High School ’13


If debate sounds right for you or someone you know, please contact MNUDL at for questions and more information!