Elite Summer Debate Workshops

Hoya Spartan Scholars (Policy)


Check out this year’s HSS faculty & labs!

For the most complete and up-to-date information on the Hoya-Spartan Scholars program and to submit your application, please visit MSU’s website!

This summer, the Spartan Debate Institutes and Georgetown Debate Seminar are proud to continue the seven-week debate institute experience for rising seniors. The Hoya Spartan Scholars offers students the opportunity to work with some of the best coaches in high school and college debate, while experiencing two distinct college campuses – Georgetown University and Michigan State University.


June 16th – July 5th 2019 at Georgetown (travel day July 6th*)

July 7th  – August 2nd at Michigan State

(*NOTE: Dorm housing will be provided for the night of July 5th at Georgetown, and July 6th at MSU. Transportation between the two will be via a free bus chartered by the camp.)


As low as $6600 — Get the early application discount!

$3100 payable to Georgetown – a significant discount from general tuition – ($3250 if deposit paid after April 6th)
$3500 payable to MSU with early application discount (deposits by April 6th), $3750 if deposit paid between April 7th and May 18th

To reserve placement, a $1000 deposit (which covers deposits to the Georgetown half) is due by April 6th. There is an additional deposit payable to Michigan State University. Please note that deposits are non-refundable for accepted students.

How to Apply

The Hoya-Spartan program uses a common application between the two halves of the program. Students wishing to apply for this program should fill out an application here and be sure to check the box for the Hoya Spartan program.

Please also be aware that only students who are attending both halves of the institute will be eligible for placement in this lab. Several years ago we had some flexibility in adding students who were not participating for all 7 weeks. Unfortunately this will no longer be the case. Only students attending all 7 weeks will be in the Hoya Spartan lab and will only debate with students also in that lab.

Why choose the Hoya Spartan Scholars?

A Strong Faculty: Students attending the Hoya Spartan Scholars will work with some of the finest high school and college coaches in the country, including NDCA national championship coach Bill Batterman, three-time NDT winning coach at MSU Will Repko, and NDCA national championship coach Maggie Berthiaume.  Please visit our faculty page for more information on these and other faculty members!

A Creative Curriculum: Too many workshops have moved senior labs towards a heavy-research focus and away from actual practice debating. The Hoya Spartan Scholars program intends to have daily debating exercises throughout the seven-week program. It is our belief that the best way to prepare against advanced strategy or unfamiliar critical theory is to repeatedly simulate debating against such arguments. If one’s goal is to defeat the strongest competition, there is simply no substitute for practice. The GDS-SDI staff records speeches throughout the seven-week session – allowing debaters to get a first-hand look at their progress. Every evening (from the close of lab until bed-check), the camp will offer an optional question-answer session. Our goal is to let students define their own curriculum for these sessions, as well as to provide them an opportunity to interact with our diverse faculty.

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