How to Qualify

Students can qualify for the Coolidge Cup in either declamation or debate.

For declamation, the Coolidge Foundation is holding a Coolidge Cup Qualifying Competition online.  The competition opens November 10th, 2020, and entries are due by May 10th, 2021. A total of 8 students will earn an invitation to compete in declamation at the 2021 Coolidge Cup.

For debate, there are multiple tournaments and competitions throughout the academic year that serve as qualifying tournaments, including one purely online tournament that is open to everyone (see the online Dallas tournament in March). Some are organized and run by the Coolidge Foundation and others are run by our partners. More than 80 debaters from across the country will be invited to come and debate at the Coolidge Cup.

For details on how you can qualify for the 2021 Coolidge Cup in either Declamation or Debate, see:

2021 Coolidge Cup Qualifying Methods (PDF)

Coolidge Cup trophy table at the 2019 Coolidge Cup