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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.

Atheist Alliance of America Champions Education

Leaders Save Lives Scholarship by American Red Cross

Blue Nation Review Scholarship to attend Netroots Nation 2015

Atheist Alliance of America Champions Education
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Atheist Alliance of America promotes a secular society through education and by helping to ensure a safe space for atheism in the public forum. To that end, we strive to be a positive voice in the atheist community. We believe that together, we can transform society.  Your essay should reflect how positive atheism acts in the world to make it a better place. Your essay may be a reflection on personal experiences, a call to specific action, or an analysis of how positive atheism can work better. 


  • Must self-identify as an atheist
  • Must currently be enrolled in college, including graduate programs.
  • Be a citizen of the United States or its territories
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better
  • Essay must be 1000-1250 words
  • By submitting an essay, you are granting Atheist Alliance of America unlimited reproduction rights in all media for any purpose
  • Any submitted artwork must be free of copyright restrictions

$500 check, a one-year print subscription to Secular Nation magazine, and free registration at that year’s annual Atheist Alliance of America national conference, where the award will be presented(you need not be present to win). The winning essay will be published in Secular Nation magazine. All eligible applicants will receive a complimentary one-year membership to Atheist Alliance of America.

Applicantion and materials must be submitted by July 15, 2015 to scholarship AT atheistallianceamerica DOT org

Leaders Save Lives Scholarship by American Red Cross
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Leaders Save Lives is a scholarship opportunity for high school and college students. Students will gain a meaningful leadership and community service experience. Students will work hand-in-hand with an American Red Cross representative as they lead a team of recruiters in hosting a lifesaving blood drive. A successful blood drive can help ensure a stable blood supply. The American Red Cross Biomedical Services goal is to fulfill the needs of the American people for the safest, most reliable and most cost-effective blood services through voluntary donations.


  • Blood drive(s) must be held between June 1 and August 31, 2015.
  • Applicants must fill out a registration form.
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 24.
  • Must complete 100% of projected goal to be entered into scholarship and gift car drawings

$2500 scholarship (2 offered) to be paid to the students institution, and $200 gift card from giftcertificates.com for 100+ pints of blood. Other awards available for lesser pint collections.

Blood drives must be completed by August 31, 2015.

Blue Nation Review Scholarship to attend Netroots Nation 2015
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The tenth annual gathering of the Netroots will be held July 16–19 in Phoenix, AZ. Netroots Nation 2015 will include 80 panels, 40+ training sessions, inspiring keynotes, film screenings and other engaging sessions designed to educate, stimulate and inspire the nation’s next generation of progressive leaders. This year, Blue Nation Review is generously sponsoring approximately 100 people to attend Netroots Nation. If you are selected you’ll receive a complimentary full access Netroots Nation conference credential (transportation and lodging not included).

No due date has yet been clearly stated.

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