In addition to paying for travel opportunities for competitive policy and parliamentary debate, the debate team is also able to offer a number of scholarships to assist with paying for college. Scholarships range from $500-$4,000 for in-state students and $1,500-$6,000 for out of state students. These scholarships are available to incoming as well as current students and are awarded based on merit. Students who are participating in competitive debate and are making it their top priority after classes can expect scholarships at the upper end of the range. Students who are interested in participating to a lesser degree or interested only in the public debates and service opportunities would receive scholarships at the lower end. These scholarship awards are re-evaluated every year and can change based on participation levels. Students receiving scholarships must have and maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA, as well as full-time enrollment.
Out of State Students
Non-resident students also have other scholarship opportunities available to further minimize the already low tuition costs at the University of Wyoming. The two programs offered are Rocky Mountain Scholars and Western Undergraduate Exchange. These programs both use cumulative high school GPA and ACT/SAT scores to determine scholarship levels. Students must be admitted and have accepted by May 1st to receive these funds.
Rocky Mountain Scholars
This scholarship is awarded at three different levels based on a scale of test scores and GPA. The top tier provides an award at 150% of in-state tuition totaling $8,900. The second tier provides $6,000 and the third tier provides $3,000. To maintain this scholarship for the full 8 semesters, students must keep a 3.0 cumulative GPA and be enrolled as full time students (12 credit hours) for fall and spring semesters.
Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE)
This scholarship program is a highly competitive scholarship that provides tuition to students at 150% of in-state rates for qualifying students who reside in a participating WUE state. The scholarship is based on cumulative high school GPA and ACT/SAT test scores. The participating states are: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, and Washington. Similar to the Rocky Mountain Scholars award, students must be admitted and have confirmed enrollment by May 1st. To maintain this scholarship for the full 8 semesters, students must keep a 3.0 cumulative GPA and be enrolled as full time students (12 credit hours) for fall and spring semesters.