Apply for the 2013 American Atheists Scholarship!

If you’re a college student (or a high school senior about to enter college), American Atheists has some money for you!

If you’ve done any activism this past year individually or with a group, if you’ve written letters-to-the-editor which were published, if you were an outspoken atheist in some way or another, you should think about applying.

The winner receives a $2,000 scholarship. The runner-up receives $1,000. And there is also an LGBT-specific scholarship worth $1,000. As an added bonus, all applicants get a year-long free membership into AA and winners receive free admission to AA’s national conference this March.

Applicants must complete the application and write a 500- to 1,000-word essay about his or her specific atheist activism. Submissions may include up to three photos to support the essay; the applicant must be clearly identified or otherwise identifiable in all images.

The deadline is February 1st, so start applying! As a former scholarship recipient, I can tell you that AA cares more about your activism than your writing skills. Show them what you’re doing to spread reason and get people thinking rationally!

All the information you need is right here. Good luck!

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001736525906 Hamid Afra

    Is it just for the US or Canada too , Because I am from Canada

    • Quintin van Zuijlen

      You’ll know once they accept your application or not.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

    i’m cringing a little bit at the lesser amount for the LGTB scholarship. we’re not “runner up”-grade citizens.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/ Hemant Mehta

      I believe the money for all the scholarships comes from donors and one of them specifically gave that much money for the LGBT award. If they gave more funding for it, AA would be happy to give it away, I’m sure.

    • http://squeakysoapbox.com/ Rich Wilson

      Considering that their purpose is atheism, not LGBT rights in particular, I’m happy to see it at all. I’d love to see an LGBT rights organization have one for atheists as well.

  • tempusfugit

    Why is it implied that reason and thinking rationally are exclusively atheist attributes? Many religious believers are rational and logical people and choose to have their faith to give them peace of mind, full well knowing that what they believe may not be true.


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