In an age of "alternate facts" and social media driven confirmation bias, students need the skills acquired through participation in intercollegiate debate now, more than ever. Your support is critical to ensure the future of Florida State Debate.

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Debate Matters!

Who We Are

Over the more than 40 years of her debate experience, Dr. Marilyn J. Young has created a long lasting legacy for hundreds of students and colleagues.  Now, at her behest, and in her honor, we are working to share that legacy. 

The Intercollegiate Debate program has been a part of the Florida State University experience for more than a century, and its rich history of competitive success and academic achievement continues to this day.  Given the funding realities of the 21st century, to secure the future of Florida State Debate, it is crucial to move beyond inconsistent short-term annual funding and provide long-term financial backing for the program.  Established in 2014, the Marilyn J. Young Debate Endowment will generate enough interest income to ensure that the opportunity to debate is available for students into perpetuity.  A consistent faculty presence is vital to the long-term future of the program by providing a voice and vision for the value of competitive debate in the modern world.

How the Program Benefits Our Students 

The Florida State University debate and speech teams have consistently qualified students to compete against many of America’s finest undergraduate scholars. Participation in the program provides students with opportunities to develop skills in public speaking, leadership, critical thinking, time management and advanced writing and research. The program has consistently received top Florida program rankings at all state, regional and national competitions. Participants have testified that the skills they have learned have helped them become better lawyers, teachers, clergy, business people and leaders in many fields.

How You Can Help

FSU is committed to maintaining a nationally competitive debate and speech program and we need your support to ensure its future. Join the effort to guarantee that future students will have the opportunity to grow and learn through debate & speech.  Your gift will provide ongoing support for student workshops, travel to tournaments and participation in campus events and other related team activities

Your support will help ensure the future of Florida State Debate. Thank you for your generosity!

For details about the Marilyn J. Young Endowment, visit

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Thank You to Our Supporters






Board Members

Supporter Amount Gift Date
Anonymous Donor  $50.00 3/8/2023 11:28 PM
Deborah Riley Draper $50.00 3/8/2023 9:51 PM
Michael Mills  $20.00 3/8/2023 9:47 PM
Stephanie Welch   $5.00 3/8/2023 9:40 PM
Juliann Cortese & John Campana  $40.00 3/8/2023 9:28 PM
Jessica Clark   $25.00 3/8/2023 9:15 PM
Stephen McDowell & Jeannie McDowell  $50.00 3/8/2023 9:11 PM
Scott Minos  $25.00 3/8/2023 9:11 PM
Stephen McDowell & Jeannie McDowell  $50.00 3/8/2023 9:07 PM
Shawn Banner  $200.00 3/8/2023 5:27 PM
Elizabeth Carpenter  $10.00 3/8/2023 4:37 PM
J. Barnes-Mitchell   $10.00 3/8/2023 4:09 PM
Deborah Rubens  $100.00 3/8/2023 3:50 PM
Jon Pridgeon  $65.00 3/8/2023 2:42 PM
John Rains & Karan Rains  $1,000.00 3/8/2023 2:24 PM
Mike Cooper  $1,975.00 3/8/2023 1:14 PM
Mackenzie Segev   $5.00 3/8/2023 12:26 PM
Bismarck Myrick  $100.00 3/8/2023 12:26 PM
Misha Laurents   $20.00 3/8/2023 11:41 AM
Taylor Kaminsky  $20.00 3/8/2023 11:36 AM
Michelle Kazmer  $20.00 3/8/2023 11:02 AM
Kristen Silverman & Ryan Silverman    $20.00 3/8/2023 10:57 AM
Monica Reeves  $20.00 3/8/2023 10:30 AM
Steve Haller & Patti  $100.00 3/8/2023 10:11 AM
Marcia Mardis & B. Glenn Rainey  $100.00 3/8/2023 9:02 AM
Tara Boehl  $15.00 3/8/2023 8:27 AM
Anonymous Donor  $5.00 3/8/2023 7:47 AM
Nancy McKay    $500.00 3/8/2023 7:15 AM
William Heebink  $5.00 3/8/2023 1:23 AM

Donations for this project ended on 3/9/2023 12:00 AM

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