The Baltimore Urban Debate League (BUDL) seeks to enrich the academic experience and overall development of students from Baltimore City’s public middle and high schools through participation in debate-based educational activities.

It’s never too soon to start planning.  If you have any questions or concerns, need an editor for an essay, want to sharpen your skills on a section of the SAT, or just need access to a computer with internet access… BUDL is here for you!

Contact Anne Marie Rooney, Program Coordinator at annemarie@budl.org for more information.


Some Helpful College Access Web Sites:

College Research:

  • Debate Schools Colleges & Universities with debate programs – who are looking for BUDL students to join their teams! Many have financial aid dollars to give!
  • HBCU Connect  Part college access site, part facebook – this is a place where you can find out more about a school from students who are there now.  Please wait until you get into a school before you hook up with someone from there, though.
  • YOUniversity TV Great tool to research schools with! You can take an interactive campus tour, learn about student life and interact with current students and professors right from your own computer!
  • US News and World Report This website has up-to-date rankings of nearly all of the schools in the nation. This is a great resource to use as you begin your college search.

Scholarships:

  • College Bound   A BUDL Partner!  If you go to a College Bound school, you qualify to be in the College Club just for being a debater, regardless of your grades or scores.  Go see your Specialist today to take advantage.  If your school doesn’t have a Specialist, that doesn’t mean you can’t use their workshops, college fairs or apply for their LAST DOLLAR GRANT SCHOLARSHIP (one of the best deals going for B’More public schools’ students)
  • Baltimore Community FoundationThis is a great resource for scholarship opportunities, with over 12 scholarships especially for Baltimore City students!
  • FastWeb  Similar to Peterson’s and the non-SAT parts of College Board, this is another good site for researching schools and scholarships.  It pays to check as many scholarship sites as you can – there’s a lot of free money out there if you’re willing to do the work!
  • Tom Joyner Foundation  If you, your parents or grandparents listen to the show, you probably already know this, but in case you don’t…Part of Tom’s Black America Web, The Tom Joyner Foundation spotlights HBCUs, has contests for tours of HBCUs (one of which was recently won by four BUDL Juniors!) and provides HBCUs with money that the schools then use to fund scholarships.  A great resource for in-depth research into whether/which HBCU is right for you.

SAT/ACT Prep:

  • Kaplan Test Prep Kaplan Test prep is a great resource for all of your test prep needs!
  • The Princeton Review Need extensive test prep?  The Princeton Review is one of the premiere test prep companies!

College Tours:

  • Caring For Young Minds This organization hosts an annual spring break college tour to an array of HBCUs which includes a fun trip and interactive activities!
  • Arrow Collegiate Tour  Arrow Collegiate Tour is an organization formed to introduce students to the heritage of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. It is Arrow’s desire to expose and support the HBCU’s. They offer a week-long HBCU tour twice a year and several One-Day Tours at various times throughout the year!
  • NPHC- Montgomory County The National Pan-Hellenic Council of Montgomery Country offers an annual college tour to a variety of HBCUs.

Financial Aid:

  • FAFSA We’ve all got to do it.  But it’s really not that bad.  Make sure you get yours done as soon as possible, and contact CA-BUDL if you need any help.
  • MHEC  The source for state aid, the Maryland Higher Education Commission has programs that WILL help you pay for college.  Search scholarships – most of which can be applied for with one application – and note their deadline for FAFSA submission.  It’s earlier that the Federal deadline…They also have a really handy college, scholarship and financial aid guide, click HERE to download.

ALL OF THE ABOVE:

  • The College Board  Home of our “friend”, the SAT Test.  Which pretty much is that bad.  But CA-BUDL can help, and they actually have a really helpful website with a good college search function and lots of tips & practice for the test.  Go to registerstay for help.
  • Peterson’s Guide  A good all purpose site for college searches, test prep and financial aid.
  • Princeton Review The Princeton Review is an American-based standardized test preparation and admissions consulting company.
  • Black Excel Admissions & Prep Help, HBCU info & contacts – plus scholarships for all!

 


 Required Web sites (Don’t Forget About These!)

  • FAFSA We’ve all got to do it.  But it’s really not that bad.  Make sure you get yours done as soon as possible, and contact CA-BUDL if you need any help!
  • MHEC  The source for state aid, the Maryland Higher Education Commission has programs that WILL help you pay for college.  Search scholarships – most of which can be applied for with one application – and note their deadline for FAFSA submission.  It’s earlier that the Federal deadline…
  • The Common Application The Common Application is a not-for-profit membership organization that, since its founding 35 years ago, has been committed to providing reliable services that promote equity, access, and integrity in the college application process. It serves students, member institutions, and secondary schools by providing applications – online and in print – that students and school officials may submit to any of our more than 400 member institutions.