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Tate Fund

The William Woods Tate, Jr., Memorial Fund was designed to help high schools attend the National Speech & Debate Tournament. In 2021, the Tate Fund provides financial assistance to teams and students to create a more equitable experience. 

The Tate Fund will provide grants ranging from $50 -$500. These funds are intended to purchase technology, pay for internet access, rent appropriate competition space, or acquire other resources that will allow for a more equitable experience. 

In 2021, the NSDA has pledged $100,000 toward this effort. We ask coaches to apply and use their best judgement to help us ensure we direct limited funding to the students who most need the support.

Every year we think about the contributions we want to make to organizations. This is simply the easiest check that I write every single year.  - Adam Johnson, Montgomery Bell Academy, TN - Class of 1997
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Our speech and debate team would not be able to purchase the equipment necessary to compete this school year and be successful without the grant.

2020 grant recipient

A special thanks to all the donors who have contributed to this fund!