Middle School Debate Support

By Eric Morris

This campaign ended on December 12, 2016, but you can still make a gift to Missouri State University by clicking here!

Our Middle School Debate program serves over 100 students in the Springfield area. Each participating school receives weekly, after-school coaching support from MSU Debate. 

Five times a year, we invite all the students to campus for an after-school tournament. We try to use only judges with debate experience who can give students detailed feedback (and we are always seeking experienced judges who have graduated from high school). 

After each tournament, we verbally recognize all undefeated teams and award sweepstakes trophies to the top 5 schools. These trophies cost $100/tournament (or $500/season), and we are hoping to crowdfund that cost, plus the other expenses associated with supporting the middle school debate program throughout the year.

Any additional funds received will be used for scholarships at our high school debate camp (Missouri State Debate Institute). 

Incentives for this project are cumulative (for example: a $100 donor will receive the $100 incentive and all lower levels listed).

*In addition,  MSU alumni that make a qualifying gift of $25 or more receive an Active Alumni Member card.  For questions on incentives or on this project, please contact EricMorris@MissouriState.edu

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1964 1$25
1984 1$25
2012 1$25


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GENERATE $500

This incentive includes a free ticket to the next MSU Debate Reunion, date TBA.


DONATE $5

Social Media Shout Out on the MSU Debate Facebook and Twitter


DONATE $25

Announcement @ Middle School Debate Awards Assembly (debate days: Nov 15, Jan 31, Feb 28, or Apr 25).*


DONATE $100

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Missouri State Debate Institute T-Shirt - must be picked up at Craig Hall on the MSU campus. *


DONATE $500

Middle School Debate Sponsor - Thank you! This includes all the listed incentives and free ticket to the next MSU Debate Reunion, date TBA. *