Scholarships for Student Activists

Scholarships (2)

The 2018 SSA Student Activist Scholarship

Application closes at 11:59 pm on August 31st.

 ► Are you currently enrolled full-time at a high school, college, or university in the United States?

 ► Are you an active member of your campus SSA or are you a student member of SSA National?

 ► Have you been active in promoting secularism, the separation of church and state?

 ► Have you worked to give a positive face to atheism or humanism in your community?

If you answered yes to these questions, then you may be eligible for one of the many scholarships of up to $3,000.

Write out your answers to the following questions  and simply copy them onto the online application form when you're ready.

  1. Tell us about yourself: what is your educational background and what are your educational, career and life goals?
  2. What is your secular identity, how did you come to it, and how do you expect this identity to effect the rest of your life?
  3. Why is the work of the SSA important to you?
  4. What kind of secular activism have you participated in (on or of campus)? Describe your involvement in this activism in detail. This should not be a list. Tell us the details, including stories, about your activist work. If this activism was part of a group effort, describe your part in making it happen.
  5. Describe your involvement (or plans to be involved) in intersectional activism? (Intersectional activism is activism in which your secular identity and values come to bear upon causes that aren't centered on secularism, as such. Examples include activism for racial justice, feminism, interfaith action, environmentalism, and LGBTQ equality vis-à-vis your secular identity).
  6. What activism plans do you have for this academic year? Please be as specific as possible.
  7. What are your goals related to the Secular Student Alliance Mission and Vision for a more secular and humanistic future?
  8. How will this scholarship help you reach your goals?

Two scholarships are being provided by the Florida Humanist Association and one by Humanists of Sarasota Bay.

The American Atheist scholarship

American Atheists celebrates student activism by awarding scholarships to students who demonstrate atheist activism in their communities and schools. The application period opens in December of each year with applications due by mid-February. Check back for a link to the application.

Black Skeptics of Los Angeles First in the Family Humanist Scholarship

Freedom From Religion Foundation Catherine Fahringer Memorial Award

Four $2,500 scholarships are awarded to high school youth to assist with their tuition, room and board, books, and other academic resources. This award is available to high school youth who live in the U.S. who identify as atheist, agnostic, humanist and/or secular, and are accepted into two or four-year colleges. Preference is given to students of color (Black/African American, Latino(a), Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American). Students who are (or have been) in foster care, homeless, undocumented and/or LGBTQ are encouraged to apply.

The 2018 application is closed. Check back for the 2019 scholarship application.

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