How to Qualify

Students can qualify for the Coolidge Cup in either declamation or debate. Students can seek an invitation in either event, but if a student earns an invitation in both events, he or she will have to choose which event to compete in at the Coolidge Cup. The Coolidge Cup schedule does not allow students to compete in both events.


The Coolidge Foundation is holding a Coolidge Cup Qualifier for Declamation online this year.  The competition opens January 1st, 2022, and entries are due by April 16th, 2022. A total of 8 students will earn an invitation to compete in declamation at the 2022 Coolidge Cup.


There are many opportunities throughout the academic year to earn an invitation to the Coolidge Cup in debate. For details on how you can qualify for the 2022 Coolidge Cup for debate, view this table showing the 2022 Coolidge Cup Qualifying Methods (PDF).

Coolidge Cup trophy table at the 2019 Coolidge Cup