Debate competition to award $10,000 in scholarships

The Seawolf Debate program is running a scholarship competition called Debating Alaska’s Fiscal Future for students in college or high school, and the program is accepting scholarship submissions now until January. The program is awarding $10,000 in scholarships.

Joshua Von Herrmann, assistant director of public relations at the Seawolf Debate program said students need to create a video submission to enter the contest.

“We’re asking students to pick one of the three topics we’ve selected about the state’s fiscal future and find a partner at their school and then upload a video, five minutes with one partner advocating for the position and then five minutes with the other partner advocating against the position,” Von Herrmann said. “We’ve provided a whole bunch of resources online, everything from a guide on how to debate to a folder full of information so that students can get started and entries are going to be available and open starting now and are going to be open through the end of the calendar year and we’re going to close entries sometime around January.”

Entry videos will be open to the public for voting and the teams with the most votes on the video portion will be invited to Anchorage for a live debate competition. The winners of the live competition will be awarded scholarships. The live competition will be held April 1, 2017 at UAA.

Von Hermann said the Seawolf Debate program hasn’t done a scholarship competition like this before, but that they chose the topic of Alaska’s fiscal future because it is more applicable to younger students.

“There are really two reasons [we chose this topic], the first of which is that it is something that is going to affect us all greatly and it’s something that… a lot of us really haven’t looked into and tried to find out that much about this issue for ourselves,” Von Herrmann said. “But secondly this is an issue we believe is uniquely important to younger people, especially when we consider it is their future. When we talk about the state’s fiscal future it means something very different to say an 18-year old who is planning to live here for a very long time, or planning to go to school here, or starting a family here.”

Interested students can find more information on entry and specific scholarship awards at