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 Now, More than Ever

Who are we

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

To connect with debate alumni and friends and learn more about Florida State Debate, visit

Thank You to Our Supporters






Board Members

Supporter Amount Gift Date
Chad Spires & Keysha Spires  $5.00 12/15/2021 8:06 PM
Mike Cooper  $2,278.00 3/10/2021 11:59 PM
Megan Miskowski & Gerald Loiacono  $5.00 3/10/2021 11:13 PM
David Norrell & Chloe P. Crawford  $200.00 3/10/2021 10:56 PM
Desiree Jackson  $10.00 3/10/2021 9:14 PM
Marilyn Young and Michael Launer   $5,000.00 3/10/2021 6:16 PM
Linda Alexionok   $500.00 3/10/2021 4:09 PM
Valerie Claus   $10.00 3/10/2021 3:59 PM
Michelle Kazmer & Paul Marty  $20.00 3/10/2021 2:05 PM
juliette vaughn  $75.00 3/10/2021 1:23 PM
Hannah Meister   $5.00 3/10/2021 1:11 PM
Marilyn Young & Michael Launer    $250.00 3/10/2021 12:57 PM
Valliere Richard Auzenne  $200.00 3/10/2021 12:55 PM
JAMES BREY    $10.00 3/10/2021 12:54 PM
Juliann Cortese & John Campana  $30.00 3/10/2021 12:33 PM
Nancy McKay   $100.00 3/10/2021 11:53 AM
Sterling Garcia & Katie Garcia  $10.00 3/10/2021 11:48 AM
Donna Marie Nudd & Terry Galloway  $50.00 3/10/2021 11:40 AM
Margaret Jorgensen   $100.00 3/10/2021 10:13 AM
Mike Cooper  $500.00 3/10/2021 9:22 AM
John Rains & Karan Rains  $500.00 3/10/2021 8:04 AM
Jon S. Pridgeon & Lynn G. Franklin  $50.00 3/10/2021 7:28 AM
Myrna Hoover    $25.00 3/10/2021 7:15 AM
Davis Houck & Ingrid  $10.00 3/10/2021 7:12 AM
Lawrence Dennis & Elaine Dennis  $50.00 3/10/2021 12:41 AM
William Heebink  $12.00 3/10/2021 12:39 AM

Donations for this project ended on 3/8/2022 12:00 AM

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