The Secular Student Alliance seeks to recognize students, groups, and supporters who are particularly awesome and deserve some recognition for their success, support, and activism. This is a listing of awards that the SSA offers in order to do so.
The Secular Student Alliance is always seeking new ways to recognize and award both individuals and SSA affiliates for doing awesome stuff at their campuses and in their communities. We offer a way for all affiliates to be recognized for great events, protests, service trips, conferences, fundraisers, and just about anything else that can be done. SSA affiliate groups may submit a description of their event at the Brag it Up! form and include pictures, video, etc that depicts the event being reported. We love hearing from all affiliates, big and small, on what they are doing - students are the most creative, fun, and awesome part of the Movement and we want to help you show off.
Brag it Up! submissions may be recognized in several ways. This includes social media attention, articles on our website, and other avenues of recognition. Outstanding submissions may be given additional recognition in the form of our Award for Outstanding Activism. Groups or individuals who win this Award are also recognized at the SSA Annual Conference.
Affiliates or individual secular students who have received the Award for Outstanding Activism in the 2015-2016 academic year:
University of Missouri Skeptics, Atheists, Secular Humanists & Agnostics
Photo courtesy of the Columbia Daily Tribune
Be sure to check out previous years' winners as well!
At each annual conference of the Secular Student Alliance, we present the SSA Backbone Award to an individual within the secular movement who is a guide and inspiration for secular students and student groups. This person has demonstrated a commitment to the Mission, Vision, and Values of the Secular Student Alliance.
- 2015 - Marsha Botzer
- 2014 - Fred Edwords
- 2013 - Bobbie Kirkhart
- 2012 - Annie Laurie Gaylor
- 2011 - Hemant Mehta
- 2010 - Ellery Schempp
- 2009 - Dan Barker
- 2008 - Lori Lipman Brown
- 2007 - Tom Ferrick
- 2006 - Larry Jones
- 2005 - Herb Silverman
- 2004 - Michael Newdow
The Secular Student Alliance Ambassador Award is an annual award, introduced in 2015, given to a Secular Student Alliance donor (outside of our board or staff) who best serves as an ambassador for the organization. Such an ambassador repeatedly shares the story of why the SSA matters and is worthy of support with as many people as possible.
- 2015 - Greta Christina
From 2004-2012, the Secular Student Alliance presented awards to those affiliates that excelled in a particular area. These awards included an attractive plaque, a cash prize for the group to put toward future endeavors, and an invitation to present at our annual conference.
The Best Awards offered mirrored the Secular Student Alliance's four focus areas: Education, Service, Activism, and Community. We also offered an Affiliate of the Year award to one college group and one high school group.
Since then, we have ended this program in order to recognize the achievements of all SSA affiliate groups in a more fair and equal manner. Whether a group is at a small or large school, high school or college, community college or traditional college; all SSA affiliate groups are doing awesome things and should be recognized as doing such.
SSA Best Award Recipients:
- 2012 Best Award Winners (All Categories)
- 2011 Best Award Winners (All Categories)
- 2010 Best Award Winners (All Categories)
- 2009 Best Award Winners (All Categories)
- 2008 Best Award Winners (All Categories)
- 2007 Best Award Winners (All Categories)
- 2006 Best Award Winners (All Categories)
- 2005 Best Award Winners (All Categories)
- 2004 Best Award Winners (all Categories)