American Atheists celebrates student activism by awarding scholarships to students who demonstrate atheist activism in their communities and schools.

The application period for the 2016-2017 scholarships is now open. Deadline for submission is February 1, 2016. Winners will be notified before April 1, 2016. 

To be considered, please submit the Scholarship Application Form, a copy of your most recent school report card or transcript showing a GOP of at least 2.5, documentation supporting your activism during the past year, and a 500-1,000 word essay detailing your activism via email to [email protected]. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

The Scholarship Application Form is available here.

Please note that the deadline for application is February 1, 2016. Applications received earlier will not receive additional consideration. If your activism is ongoing, it may be in your best interests to wait to submit your materials until the deadline is closer.

What are the Student Activist Scholarships?

The American Atheists awards the $1,000 O'Hair Scholarship and four $500 President's Scholarships to atheist students attending college or university. The awards are given every year at the American Atheists National Convention. The Student Activist Scholarship program was founded by Life Members Barbara J. Baldock, Dr. Phillip Butler, Lillian B. Ramsden, Rice O'Dell and Irving Yablon.

American Atheists is proud to also award two $500 Chinn Scholarships for LGBT Atheist Activism. These scholarships recognize activism in the area of LGBT equality. You do not have to be a member of the LGBT community to receive this scholarship; allies are encouraged to apply.

Who can enter?

The scholarships can be used by current college students or by high school students entering college the upcoming year. Additionally, full-time graduate and law school students are eligible for the scholarships. Applicants must be atheists and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (in academic subjects) or better. Applicants are judged based on their actions as atheists and activists. Applicants of all races, ethnicities, genders, and sexual orientations are encouraged to apply.

You do not have to be a member of American Atheists to apply for a scholarship, but you do have to be a member to accept a scholarship if you win. All applicants are offered a free one-year membership to American Atheists.

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