The POI Debate Institute is committed to increasing socioeconomic and multicultural diversity in high school parliamentary debate and will be offering two full scholarships to the 2016 week-long program. The scholarships will cover the cost of the program and includes room and board.

To apply for the scholarship, please provide the following:

  1. A letter of interest explaining your interest in parliamentary debate and why you want to attend the 2016 POI Debate Institute and how your inclusion would assist in increasing diversity in high school parliamentary debate. Please limit the letter to 500 words.

  2. A letter of recommendation from a teacher or debate coach.

  3. A statement of financial need and a copy of your parent or guardian’s latest tax return form. Please redact social security numbers and other sensitive information.

  4. A list of your debate awards and other scholastic achievements.

Please email all application materials to jthorpe@poiinstitute.com. Make sure to include “POI Debate Institute Scholarship” in the subject line. Debaters coached by Mr. Thorpe and Mr. Raskin are not eligible for this scholarship.


The POI Debate Institute will notify recipients on March 15, 2016. The deadline to submit the application is March 7, 2016.