Formula: Up to 5 contestants per school earn: 5 points each for prelims; plus 2 points for presiding; plus 10 points for quarterfinals, plus 15 points for semifinals; plus 20 points for finals; plus 5 points for 4th, 5th, and 6th places; 10 points for 2nd and 3rd places, and 15 points for champion. Tie-breaks: higher number of entries, number of highest-earning entries, number of breaks. Independent entries are NOT eligible for sweepstakes. The current formula has been in use since 2012. A New School Award is presented to the delegation earning the most points from among schools participating in their first Harvard Congressional Debate.
This table chronicles sweepstakes since they were recalibrated in 2006, with years as columns (06-present). R = most recent year points were reset when school won award.