Scholarships

At the GDI, we understand that a positive summer institute experience can be a financial burden on many families and we want to do everything we can to help students afford the costs of attendance. We are fortunate that private donors as well as university sources make it possible for us to extend a variety of scholarships and discounts for eligible students. These are listed below. Students must indicate on their application which of these they are applying for. 

GDI Scholarship. A scholarship can be awarded for either previous success and achievement in academic debate or students demonstrated financial need. To be considered for these scholarships students must submit a letter requesting an award making an argument why they should be awarded a scholarship. In addition students must submit a letter of recommendation from a coach or former lab leader (or parent’guardian if the request is based on financial circumstances). These scholarships range in value but the average award is about 10% of total cost of attendance. Please note that your scholarship request can only be processed once the supporting materials are received. Please email those documents to [email protected]

Alumni Scholarship: Returning GDI alumni are eligible to receive a scholarship representing 5% of the cost of their attendance. There is no documentation or application needed for this scholarship. 

UDL Scholarship. All students representing schools that belong to the Urban Debate League schools are eligible for a scholarship amounting to a 10% of the cost of their attendance. 

Group Discount. We offer a 5% discount off the cost of a students program to students from any school that send four or more students to the GDI. Students must be registered and have paid their deposit to count towards the four and for the discount to trigger. 

Air Travel Discount. All students flying to the GDI will receive a travel discount to help offset the cost of attendance. Students flying from Washington, Idaho, Oregon, California, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, Colorado, and New Mexico, Wyoming and Montana will receive a $25 flight discount. Students flying from all other locations will receive a $50 flight discount. 

Early Application Discount. All students applying before January 1st will receive a $25 discount for each week of their program.