Mean Green Comet Debate Institute

Scholarships / Financial Aid

The Mean Green Comet is committed to making summer debate camp affordable to all while offering the highest quality in debate education. Last year the MGC provided over $42,000 in financial assistance to students in every division. This year we are excited to continue our commitment to helping students attend camp while also partnering with the local debate community to offer new scholarship opportunities rewarding debate excellence, leadership, community service and academics. Below you'll find a complete list of our scholarship and financial aid opportunities.

Please see below for a list of all the Scholarships, Discounts, and Financial Assistance available at the Mean Green Comet.

Jerrell Braden Memorial Scholarship

This is a full ride scholarship available for a student who is interested in attending the policy debate Mean Green Comet Scholars Lab. Jerrell believed that policy debate provided students with the skills necessary to engage the world and the empathy necessary to advocate for and improve their communities. Interested students should send proof of financial need and an essay expressing what policy debate means to them.

  • 2017 Recipients – Cheyenne Clopton, Sophie Rahman and Alejandra Trillo
  • 2018 Recipients – Hillary Nguyen and Benjamin Smith
  • 2019 Recipients – Sonya Doubledee, Hannah Ghebrelul and Donna Jalosjos

Jerrell Braden Memorial Scholarship Application

Drinker Biddle Women in Debate Scholarship

This scholarship is available to any student applying to the Mean Green Comet Debate Institute. Drinker Biddle and the Mean Green Comet are deeply committed to attracting, retaining and advancing women’s participation in high school debate. As part of our efforts to achieve this goal, we have partnered together to provide the financial assistance necessary for more students to attend a summer debate institute. This scholarship is part of our ongoing efforts to foster the development of women’s leadership in the debate community. Interested students should submit an essay expressing why debate is important in their life and a letter of recommendation.

  • 2018 Recipients – Alexa Rhoades and Bonnie Fischer
  • 2019 Recipients – Jaanvi Shah and Ashley Rihani

Drinker Biddle Women in Debate Scholarship Application

Urban Debate League Discount

Students from UDL programs will receive discounts of 10% off the cost of tuition. This discount applies for any participants who currently debate at a UDL-member school regardless of who contributes to tuition payments. This may not be combined with any other discounts. Please contact Louie Petit to receive a UDL coupon code.

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Faculty / Staff Discount

The Mean Green Comet is happy to provide UNT and UTD faculty and staff discounts. for UNT or UTD staff and faculty are available. Please contact Louie Petit to receive a Faculty/Staff coupon code.

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Financial Assistance

The Mean Green Comet Debate Institute is committed to providing middle school and high school students across the country an opportunity to attend a debate summer camp. Financial assistance is reviewed by the MGC assistance committee and provided based on student need.

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