American Atheists Student Activist Scholarship

Application Information





Application Deadline

March 15

Awarded By:

American Atheists Inc.

Number of Awards & Eligibility: Six awards offered annually: two O'Hair Scholarships, four President's Scholarships.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for international and U.S. students.
  2. Must have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
  3. Must be an atheist.
  4. Must be a high school senior or enrolled in college at the time of application.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This award is available for high school seniors and currently enrolled college students with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Applicants must be atheists and demonstrate a history of atheist activism and community involvement.

Application requirements for the American Atheists Student Activist Scholarship are:

  • Application form
  • Official Transcript
  • Essay
  • Supplemental materials
Additional Information: Membership in American Atheists, Inc. is not required to apply for the scholarship; however, it is required to accept the prize. Membership information is available on the organization's website. While all activism is important and will be considered, special attention will be given to students who show activism in their schools, such as starting atheist and/or freethinking groups or fighting against violations of the separation of church and state. **Please note: Merely writing an essay will not win the applicant the scholarship. The award is about activism, and the applicant's essay should be about his/her activism for the cause of atheist civil liberties, the separation of church and state, or placing a positive face on atheism. The winner will be chosen by the Youth and Family Director, the president, and/or the delegates chosen by the directors and/or officers of American Atheists.

Award Amount: $1,000 provided for recipients of O'Hair Scholarships, and $500 for essays selected to receive one of the President's Scholarships. All awards are provided annually and are non-renewable.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $667.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Friday, March 15

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Friday, March 15

Applications are available on the American Atheists website. In addition to the application, the following materials must be submitted: an official transcript or grade report showing the applicant's grade point average; an essay of 500 to 1,000 words detailing the applicant's atheist activism and/or activities; and all information or evidence on the applicant's atheist activism from the previous year, including newspaper clippings, replies from politicians on certain atheist issues, letters of testimony from teachers, friends or other activists, and/or evidence that he/she sponsored an atheist TV show or rally. The completed application and all supporting materials must be sent via email and must be received by the deadline date.
About American Atheists Inc.:
Contact Information: Amanda Knief, -
Address: 225 Cristiani St. Cranford, New Jersey 07016-3214

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