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Scholarships and Essay Contests for Secular Students


Every year, the Secular Student Alliance and other like minded organizations offer scholarships to students. Check here frequently to see what's being offered.

Americans United Student Essay Contest
(Click here for more information)

The Scholarship
Write an essay that explains why the separation of church and state is integral to preserving religious freedom in America's pluralistic society.


  • 750-1000 word, double spaced, Times New Roman
  • Include a cover page with your full name, email, postal address, grade level, school name with address, and a faculty advisor reference
  • Include one primary source to support your thesis
  • Optional: use current events, US history, or personal experiences as secondary references

A Good Entry Will

  • Adhere to the guidelines and be proofread
  • Be articulate, creative, and have a tightly focused response that demonstrates a genuine grappling with the topic
  • Observation of rules for Standard English usage
  • Well-researched with convincing arguments supported by specific examples.


  • All entrants will receive a free year-long AU Student Membership
  • $500 first place prize
  • $250 second place prize
  • $100 third place prize

To apply: email completed essay with the subject line "[Last Name] Essay Contest" by March 1, 2016
campus AT au DOT org

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