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SSA Scholarships for Student Activists


The Secular Student Alliance is proud to offer five $2,500 and six $1,000 open scholarships for individual secular student activists!

One of the $1,000 scholarships is reserved specifically for students attending a Historically Black College or University

Two of these scholarships are reserved for the the Simon-Strauss Scholarship, available exclusively to high school secular students in California. There is one $2,500 and one $1,000 scholarship available.

The Florida Humanist Association is giving two $1,000 scholarships to secular students going full-time to a college or university within the state of Florida. Each student will get an all-inclusive ticket to the FREEFLO Conference (Freethought Florida Conference) on Oct 20-22, 2017, in Orlando, a hotel room for Friday and Saturday night, and a stipend towards travel. Applicants will be judged by an SSA and Florida Humanist Association panel to receive this scholarship, and continue to be eligible for the SSA Scholarships.

So what do we mean by 'activism'? To us, activism is any activity that spreads secular values and normalizes secular identity through structured organizing. While activism can include large-scale projects like spreading the word on social issues, education issues, community building, and similar projects, it can also consist of more personal actions like being visibly secular within your community and campus. These actions have an impact, and so we want to encourage this activism!

To qualify: You must be a student, currently enrolled full-time in a United States university or college*, a member of the Secular Student Alliance, and apply by midnight (PST) September 1st, 2017.

*Except applicants for the Simon-Strauss scholarship.

Applications open July 31. You must apply by September 1. Winners will be notified by email by September 29, as well as announced publicly, and receive a check to the provided address shortly after. Please note that if you have concerns with being publicly identified as secular, you can let us know on the application - it won’t disqualify you from the process.


The following questions are the same as those on the application so that you may prepare your responses prior to accessing the form. The more specific and detailed information you can give us, the better we can evaluate your application. Let us know if you have any questions.

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