The American Legion offers student members an opportunity to supplement their experiences in speech and debate competition, particularly in Oratory and Extemporaneous Speaking. The contest generally starts at a local post before progressing through a contest format based on that department (state). Winners at department (state) level will move onto the national contest. Participants compete for scholarships, including a grand prize of $25,000, runner-up receives $22,500 and third place received $20,000! Visit the American Legion website to get started.
The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation organizes and hosts debates around the country, focusing on issues of economic and public policy significance, and emphasizing the values of logic, clarity, and civility. The Coolidge Debate League consists of a series of regional single-day 2v2 tournaments throughout the school year. The Coolidge Cup is a large, all-expenses-paid, multi-day 1v1 invitational tournament held at the Coolidge Foundation’s historic location in Vermont each July in which top debaters from around the country compete for $10,000 in scholarship prizes. The Coolidge debate programs are format-neutral in that they are intended to appeal to debaters of all types.
The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is an independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher that provides in-depth analysis and background on the foreign policy choices and opportunities facing the United States and the world today. Debate coaches and students can research current topical and regional issues at Foreign Affairs magazine.
EdCo provides an online fundraising software platform for K-12 schools that empowers teachers and students to raise money from family, friends, and other members of their community. EdCo’s mission is to help K-12 schools effectively raise money and seamlessly connect with resources. To learn more, please visit EdCo’s website. You can also download our fundraising guide for more helpful tips!
HeinOnline is an outstanding research product normally only available to law students and legal professionals. According to their website, “HeinOnline is a premier online database containing more than 188 million pages and 292,000 titles of historical and government documents in a fully searchable, image-based format. HeinOnline bridges an important research gap by providing comprehensive coverage from inception of more than 2,800 law-related periodicals. In addition to its vast collection of academic journals, HeinOnline contains the entire Congressional Record, Federal Register, and Code of Federal Regulations, complete coverage of the U.S. Reports back to 1754, and entire databases dedicated to treaties, constitutions, case law, world trials, classic treatises, international trade, foreign relations, U.S. Presidents, and much more.”
An NSDA Lions Club is a specialty club of Lions Clubs International focused on supporting the mission of the National Speech and Debate Association. As Lions, members are empowered to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace, and promote international understanding. An NSDA Lions Club undertakes activities that empower every child in the United States to become an effective communicator, ethical individual, critical thinker, and leader in a democratic society. NSDA Lions Clubs will create a new generation of leaders in their respective communities to become spokespersons for community service.
The Great Communicator Debate Series holds regional debate competitions across the country culminating in a National Finale at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Winners from each region compete for a share of more than $50,000 in scholarship money at the national finals! Check out this Rostrum article for highlights from a past Great Communicator Debate Series capstone event.