Edwin D. Phillips Debate Team Scholarship

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Ed Phillips at SIU

Speech Communication, especially when it involved leadership, was always important to Ed Phillips.

While attending Central Michigan University, Ed was on the debate team and received National Honors in both debate and speech. In 1959, he was honored in "Who's Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities." Central still has a jazz radio show that Ed started while he was there.

Prior to his time at SIU, where Ed earned his Ph.D. in Speech Communication and then taught Airline Management, Ed had a long career in the U.S. Navy, retiring after 22 years and attaining the rank of captain. Ed was a diver in the Navy Explosive Ordnance Disposal program. He left active duty and was hired by United Airlines in 1966. Ed worked for 29 years in management, first in flight and then as head of facilities for their corporate headquarters.

In 1995/96, while working on his master's degree in Speech Communication, Ed was one of the assistant coaches for the SIU Debate Team. His 2000 dissertation was titled Defining Leadership Communication.

Applicants must be enrolled at SIU Carbondale and in good academic standing. Students must also be an active member of the SIU Carbondale Debate Team during the period of the scholarship reward. Preference is given to a student with interest in a career in public service, public policy, politics, diplomacy, or related fields.

The scholarship award will be credited to the student's SIU Bursar account for use toward tuition and student fees. 

Your Support
The Edwin D. Phillips Debate Team Scholarship was established to honor SIU Carbondale's championship debate team.

You can support the Edwin D. Philips Debate Team Scholarship by making your tax-deductible donation online today.

To learn more about this scholarship opportunity, please contact Dr. Todd Graham, Director of Debate, at tgraham@siu.edu.