The American Atheists Scholarship

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The American Atheists Gay/Lesbian College Scholarship

The Founders' Scholarship grants a first place award of $2500 and a runner-up prize of $1000 to Atheist students going to college every year. The Chinn Scholarship is a $1000 grant to an outstanding gay/lesbian Atheist.

Who can enter?

The grant can be used for current college students or for high school students entering college next year. Applicants must be Atheists and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 (in academic subjects) or better. Race, color, politics, ethnicity, lifestyle, and sex will not be considered as factors. We judge people on their actions and words alone.

NOTE: Membership is required to accept the prize, but not to apply. A gay / lesbian person may apply for both scholarships, but s/he can only win one of them.

How is the winner chosen?

American Atheists is an organization of activists, and so our scholarship will be awarded primarily on activism. Qualified applicants must submit an entry form and any and all information or evidence they have of their activism for the previous year. Examples include:

Letters printed in newspapers

Replies from politicians on certain issues

Letters of testimonial from teachers, friends

or other activists

Evidence that you sponsor an Atheist TV show (e.g., our Atheist ViewPoint) on your cable system.

Student essay

While any and all activism is important and will be considered, special attention will be given to those students who show activism in their schools, such as starting Atheist/freethinker groups or fighting against violations of the separation of church and state in the school.

The American Atheists Gay/Lesbian College Scholarship