The NYCUDL Coolidge Cup Qualifier

January NYCUDL Tournament

"Maybe you could be a mayor or a Senator or a Supreme Court Justice, but you might not know that until you join student government or the debate team." - President Obama

In February we celebrate President's Day (many who were former debaters!) with the NYCUDL's Presidential Debates! Thank you to the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation for its incredible support.  The Coolidge Foundation sponsors our annual "Coolidge Cup" High School Debate Tournament where the top winners qualify for the National Coolidge Cup in which the champion will receive the $7,500 Robert L. Luddy-Coolidge Cup Award. A total of $10,000 will be awarded to the top finishers. Debaters can also qualify for the Coolidge Cup through an online speech competition which can be found here. And at our Middle School Presidential Debate, there will also be special prizes for our top winners!


The Coolidge Cup

(NYCUDL High School Tournament #4)

The top winners at the NYCUDL High School Public Forum Debate Tournament Open Division (Varsity Division) will qualify to compete in the Coolidge Cup (see below for details). The top 2 teams and top 2 speakers (if from the top two teams then 3rd Place Top speaker, 4th Place Top Speaker and so on...).  So a total of 6 students will qualify for the Coolidge Cup.  All expenses, travel, housing, meals from July 1st - July 5th will be paid for the Coolidge cup which will have over $10,000 in awards for the top winners.  More about the Coolidge Cup below...


The Coolidge Foundation is setting out to find the top debaters in America. The Coolidge Cup is national debate tournament sponsored by the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation. Debaters qualify through various preliminary competitions for a chance to compete in the Coolidge Cup Championship Tournament, held in President Coolidge’s historic village, the picturesque town of Plymouth Notch, Vermont on July 2 – 4, 2018. The overall Cup champion will receive the $7,500 Robert L. Luddy-Coolidge Cup scholarship. 


Prizes: The overall Coolidge Cup champion will receive the $7,500 Robert L. Luddy-Coolidge Cup Award. A total of $10,000 will be awarded to the top finishers.


Debate Format: The Coolidge Cup is format neutral, meaning that the debate format is structured in such a way that debaters with experience in all different formats of debate are able to compete against each other effectively. In the Cup Championship tournament, qualifiers debate in a one-on-one format (i.e. everyone debates individually, there are no partners). Specifics on speech times and orders, as well as point scoring, will be forthcoming.


Location: The President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site, Plymouth Notch, Vermont


Cost: All lodging, dining, and local transportation costs for debaters will be covered by the Coolidge Foundation. The Coolidge Foundation will also cover the travel costs to and from the tournament for qualifiers. Though the Coolidge Foundation is not able to cover the cost of travel for parents or debate coaches, we greatly encourage them to attend the event.


Lodging and Travel: While competing in the Coolidge Cup, debaters will stay at the Cortina Inn in Killington, Vermont. The Coolidge Foundation will provide a shuttle to transport students between the Coolidge State Historic Site and the Cortina Inn each day. On July 1st, representatives from the Coolidge Foundation will meet debaters at Boston’s Logan Airport and shuttle them to Vermont. On July 5th, the shuttle will transport students back to Boston’s Logan Airport. Qualifiers will receive more information. 


The Coolidge Scholarship

The Coolidge Foundation would also like to invite any interested high school juniors to apply to the 2017-18 Coolidge Scholarship! Apply today at The application will remain open until Wednesday, January 24th at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. All application materials must be submitted by then.


The Coolidge Scholarship is an annually awarded, full-ride, presidential scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study. The Coolidge may be used by recipients at any accredited American college or university. Anyone of any background, pursuing any academic discipline of study, may apply to this non-partisan, need-blind, program. Students apply for the Coolidge Scholarship during their junior year of high school. Finalists are flown in for a finalist weekend at the Coolidge Historic Site in Plymouth Notch, Vermont where they interview with the Coolidge Scholars Finalist Jury. Recipients of the Coolidge Scholarship are notified of their award in late Spring of their junior year, before college application (note: current high school seniors are not eligible to apply).