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This Week: SSA 2012 Annual Conference, Scholarships for 2013, Best Award Recipients


SSA 2012 Annual Conference

Notice: Registration officially closes July 1st so this is the last week to register.

Our annual conference is two weeks away! Some quick updates: we are no longer taking orders for conference T-shirts and July 1st is also the last day to reserve housing (along with registration). The conference schedule is up so you can take a gander at what activities we'll be up to. Registration for student members is still only $50 (get a student membership). Housing rates are $54 for a private room and $21 per person for a shared room of 4. We have reached our budget for Leadership Travel Aid but you can still register and make it out in time. Learn more at the conference webpage and join us July 6th! Also if you're going make it be sure to RSVP on Facebook!

Our interactive conference book is available for download on pdf! Check it out!

Scholarships for 2013AA

The Secular Student Alliance does not endorse the National Atheist Party

The deadline for Freedom From Religion Scholarships may have ended but there are still scholarships open for 2013! First the National Atheist Party has four new scholarships for secular students: two for high school students and two for college students. They are all valued at $1,000. To be eligible students must be pursuing an education in research/applied sciences or demonstrate secular activism. The submission deadline for college students is November 1st 2012 and the deadline for high school students is March 1st 2013. For more information check out the NAP scholarships page.

Next we have American Atheists Annual Founder's Scholarship. If you have a demonstrated record for activism in atheism this scholarship is available to you. The scholarship is $2,000 for first place and $1,000 for the runner up. The Founder's scholarship is open to students currently enrolled in a university and to high school seniors who will be attending college next year. To apply, you must email AJ Johnson and ask for an application or you may call them at (908) 276-7300. The deadline for this scholarship is January 31st 2013. For more information go to AA's scholarship page. For more info on scholarships for secular students in general keep an eye out for our scholarships page.

Best Award Recipients

The winners of the 2012 best awards can be found below. If you see your name or group listed here, make sure to make it out for our conference as that's where awards and winnings will be presented.

Best Educator
Presented To
Atheists, Humanists, & Agnostics
@ University of Wisconsin - Madison
Best Service
Presented To
The Illini Secular Student Alliance
Best Activist
Presented To
Atheist Agenda
at The University of Texas at San Antonio
Best Community
Presented To
Alabama Atheists & Agnostics
at University of Alabama
Best Active Alumni
Presented To
Joshua Deaton
Atheists, Agnostics, and Skeptics
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Best Advisor
Presented To
Amy Young
Secular Student Alliance
at Central College
Best Individual Activist
Presented To
Amanda Brown
Best Individual Activist
High School
Presented To
Max Nielson
Collegiate Affiliate of the Year
Presented To
Secular Student Alliance at UNLV
High School Affiliate of the Year
Presented To
Secular Student Alliance at Smithson Valley
Freethought Backbone Award
Presented To
Annie Laurie Gaylor
In Recognition of Exceptional and
Enduring Commitment to Our Movement

 Congratulations to all our winners!

Group Photo of the Week

Members from University of Mississippi Secular Student Alliance doing some serious tabling.

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Shelly Segal is a singer-songwriter and a secular activist. She is having a tour around the country and would love to speak at your campus during the fall. If interested, contact Nick and he will get you set up with her. Check here to see tour dates and areas.

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a philosopher who is an authority on evolution, ethics, critical thinking, and more. He can speak on a wide range of topics of interest to student groups
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