Collegiate Scholars Program

Program Description

The Scholar program is a five day, four night tuition-free camp and retreat for college debate students. The Scholars program is dynamic, and changes every year based on the interests of the staff and the needs of the students.  Our goal is for students to leave feeling a deep sense of connection and trust with each other and the staff. We hope that these bonds will persist throughout students’ debate and professional careers.


What’s it like?   

Unlike other instruction at the WDI, the Scholars program operates in a lab format. This is designed to encourage close and extended discussion about controversial and critical issues in debate. Scholars are invited to teach high school courses and electives, but spend most of their time in the lab environment. In addition, Scholars are able to spend considerable unstructured time with our inter-generational staff to discuss graduate school, business and professional life and other topics of interest.

Who should come?

The Scholars program is focused on students entering their first or second year of college, although others are welcome to apply. Although most students are likely to participate in policy debate, students in parliamentary debate are welcome to apply. We especially encourage applications by students of color, students with nonconforming gender identities, and students whose identities intersect multiple historically marginalized social locations.