Scholarships for Student Activists

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SSA Student Activist Scholarship

The 2020 scholarship application is open through August 31.

The scholarships are available to SSA student members enrolled in high school or college in the United States and are designed to support students who in addition to pursuing excellence in their academic studies are also activists for secular values on their campus and/or in their community.

SSA membership is FREE to students. Fill out the application here

Each year, the Secular Student Alliance offers scholarships to student activists who demonstrate secular values in their personal lives, on their campus, and in their community.

Before you start on the application below you may wish to take some time and write out answers to the following questions which will appear in part 2 of the application. All answers must be 500 words or less.

  1. Tell us about yourself: what are your educational, career and life goals?
  2. What is your secular identity, how did you come to it, and how will it will remain a part of your life?
  3. What kind of secular activism have you participated in (on campus or off)? If this involved intersectional activism please be sure to mention that.
  4. What activism plans do you have for this academic year? Please provide specifics.
  5. Why is the work of the SSA important to you and what are your goals relating to the Secular Student Alliance Mission and Vision for a more secular and humanistic future?
  6. How will this scholarship help you reach your goals?

In addition to scholarships that apply to all high school and college students nationwide, there are also unique and state-specific scholarships, including:

Zora Neale Hurston Scholarship - $1500 will be awarded jointly by Black Nonbelievers

Dr. Hector Avalos Scholarship - $1500 will be awarded jointly by Hispanic American Freethinkers

If you are enrolled in school in one of the following states, you may be eligible for these scholarships:

Florida

    • The Florida Humanist Association sponsors two $2,000 scholarships to students enrolled in college in the state of Florida. 
    • The Humanists of Sarasota Bay sponsors one $3,000 scholarship to a student enrolled in college in Sarasota County or nearby counties.
    • The Humanists of North Central Florida sponsors one $1,000 scholarship to a student enrolled in college in the North Central Florida region.

Tennessee

    • The Rationalists of East Tennessee sponsors one $1,000 scholarship to a student enrolled in college in the state of Tennessee student (family members of board members are ineligible for the scholarship).

Oklahoma

    • Oklahoma Atheists sponsors one $1,000 scholarship to a student enrolled in college in the state of Oklahoma.

Texas

    • Houston Oasis sponsors one $1000 scholarship to a student enrolled in college in the state of Texas.
    • Freethinkers Association of Central Texas in San Antonio sponsors one $1000 scholarship to a student enrolled in college in the state of Texas.

California

    • The Humanist Association of Orange County and Atheists United sponsors one $1,000 scholarship to a student enrolled in college in Southern California.
    • The Secular Student Alliance sponsors two $1000 scholarships to students enrolled in middle or high school in the state of California.

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 2019 application is closed. Check back for the 2020 scholarship application.

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