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Awards & Prizes

The IPPF awards a certificate of participation to all teams that submit a qualifying round essay. Custom individual medals are given to each member of a team that advances to the Round of 64 or Round of 32. Cash awards and medals are given to teams that advance to the Sweet 16 round and beyond. The final eight teams earn an all-expenses-paid trip to the IPPF Finals in New York City for three students and two coaches!

IPPF Finals Weekend provides students with the opportunity to participate in an oral debate competition before a panel of some of the world's foremost experts in debate, business, law, and politics.  

The award breakdown per team is as follows: 


Round of 64 - Individual Medals

Top 32 - Individual Medals

Sweet 16 - $500

Elite Eight - $1,500 ($750 for the school, $750 for the team)

Final Four - $3,000 ($1,500 for the school, $1,500 for the team)

Runner-Up - $5,000 ($2,500 for the school, $2,500 for the team)

Champion - $10,000 ($5,000 for the school, $5,000 for the team) and the "Brewer Cup"

The John E. Sexton Award

In 2023, the IPPF awarded the inaugural John E. Sexton award to Sanika Agarwalla from The Hockaday School. Named in honor of NYU President Emeritus John E. Sexton, the award recognizes the outstanding speaker at the IPPF Finals, as voted on by the final judging panel. 

The recipient of this annual award receives $1,000 in prize money. 

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