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Scholarship Information

Scholarship decisions are based on need with commitment to the activity taken heavily into consideration. Students receiving scholarship funds for middle and high school camps will be expected to participate in tournaments and practices throughout the school year. The purpose of scholarships is to improve debate and advocacy throughout Minnesota and its surrounding regions.


2019 MS/HS MDAW Scholarship

The priority deadline for scholarship applications is April 19th, 2019. Applications received after April 19th will be considered on a case by case basis.

The scholarship application for middle school and high school MDAW will open February 1st, 2019.


2019 Advocacy Unit Scholarship

The priority deadline for The Advocacy Unit scholarships is June 25th, 2019. Applications received after that date will still be considered, with applications submitted before the deadline having priority.

The Advocacy Unit scholarship application form will be made available on February 1st, 2019.


MNUDL Summer Fellowship

Summer Fellowship opportunities will open February 1st, 2019.

The MNUDL Summer Fellowship is a way of keeping the Minnesota Debate and Advocacy Workshop accessible for all students and give them opportunities and experience. If you want to attend MDAW but need to work in order to make money for yourself or your family, consider applying for the Summer Fellowship. Please note: this fellowship is specifically focused around building the diversity pipeline for students of color. 

Students who are accepted for a fellowship are sponsored by a local corporation or law firm, which covers the cost of attending MDAW. After MDAW, students have four weeks of experiential work with their sponsoring organization, and receive a $1,000 stipend. With this experience, students will learn about professional fields where debate experience is valued.

Experiential work can include data entry, hospitality, filing and research. Students are also able to attend some hearings and meetings within the firm. The MNUDL will work with students who have been awarded the fellowship to ensure that they are prepared for the experience by determining that they have access to transportation, appropriate attire, and have clear expectations of their role.

In 2017, fellows were placed with Gray Plant Mooty.