Agnostic and Atheist Scholarships

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Agnostic/Atheist Scholarships

Do you know there are Agnostic and Atheist scholarships and many Christians especially would think they shouldn’t give these unusual and unknown scholarships to Agnostic and Atheist people because it just supports their views even more. The fact is there are specific unheard of scholarships for nearly every interest, belief and activity you invest in, including atheism and agnosticism. Atheism is typically defined as disbelief in a god or higher power, while agnosticism does not necessarily deny the existence of a higher power but asserts that since religious claims are unknowable and improvable, humans can not characterize and define religions or that higher power. Many of these unknown scholarships are not specifically called atheist or agnostic scholarships, so you may have to poke around for them a bit more but there are still quite a few out there. Many of the Atheist scholarships listed here are sponsored by PFund which is an organization which serves as a resource for many gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals and groups. The following will give you a good start in applying and learning about these types of unusual scholarships.

American Atheists’ Youth and Family subgroup funds several scholarships for active community and school participation. The Chinn Scholarship is a $1,000 grant to an outstanding gay/lesbian Atheist. Current college students as well as high school seniors with a 2.5 GPA in academic subjects may apply for the Atheist scholarship. The award is based on the applicant’s activism and a 500-1000 word essay. The deadline for application is January 31 and in addition to the monetary award, students receive a free trip to the American Atheists’ National Convention.

The American Atheists Founders’ Scholarship grants a first place award of $2000 and runner-up prize(s) of $1000 to atheist students. Similarly to the Chinn Scholarship, current college students or high school students entering college next year are eligible as long as they are Atheist, can demonstrate activism and a 2.5 minimum GPA. The application deadline is January 31, 2011 and decisions will be made regarding decisions by March 1, 2011.

The Silverman Secular Humanist Scholarship is available to students who are secular humanists studying at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. Founded by Herb Silverman, who is also a retired math professor from the college and the president of the Secular Coalition for America, the Agnostic scholarship honors academic effort and financial need in a student who offers promise in the area of critical thinking and is a secular humanist. This is a $1700 renewable scholarship as long as a 3.0 GPA is maintained.

The Mark Twain Scholarship for Atheist students is available to freethinkers who completely reject anything that inhibits any type of freedom, be it religious or otherwise. Recipients must attend a secular university or college and major in one of the following areas: arts and humanities, applied arts, education, science, social sciences, mathematics, engineering or law. An essay is also required for this $300-$500 scholarship. The deadline for one of the eight Agnostic scholarships is December 31 of each year.

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sponsors several essay contests for Atheist college scholarships annually. All of the following contests reward several winners with the same monetary amounts per placement: first prize – $2,000, second prize – $1,000, third – $500, fourth – $300, and honorable mention – $200. The 17th Herbert Bushong essay contest honors free thinkers in the area of religion and offers several awards based on essay responses. The 32nd FFRF Michael Hakeem Memorial College Essay Competition is for students in North America under the age of 25 and rewards students for choosing reason over faith. Conversely, the FFRF Brian Bolton Graduate/Mature student essay competition is specifically for graduate students and adult students over the age of 25 and this year the essay topic is a focused piece on the separation of church and state.

As you can see many of the unknown scholarships deemed atheist or agnostic champion freethinking and science and reason over faith. Due to this, be prepared with evidence of activism in your school and out, be ready to explain your rationale and beliefs (of lack thereof), and be equipped to write persuasively on a related topic, as many of these Agnostic Atheist scholarships are essay based.

7 Responses

  1. maryum says:

    I
    hope so this email finds you in good health and spirit .My name is Maryam sarfraz. I am from Pakistan. I have completed my LL.B in 2010 from University Of Punjab securing very good GPA. I have been very keen in my studies throughout my university period. Beside studies,i have always been at front in extra-curricular activities.I have been head of many societies in my university and has also worked with many organizations. I am social worker also in poor area. i want to pursue my education for the betterment of myself.i cant afford college fees its too expensive. i am from Gujarat which is really backward area in Pakistan.really i am so depressed because i want to do LLM but i have no expenses .now a days em practicing law in Lahore courts , as an atheist woman its quite difficult to manage in Pakistan,people are here cant tolerate woman then how can they tolerate the girl who left Islam and working in the field but i don’t want to apply on basis of my ideology, i think its my personal thing i should not get benefit from this ,but i really want to pursue my education ,some one told me about Canada immigration so i thought i should ask from there ,it might possible they can help me out .
    I am eager to go further in field of law to explore my skills and get more knowledge of legal field.I came to know about the LLM program which Canada is offering in this university .?How can i avail scholarship for LL.M program in this Canadian university?please provide me full details regarding this and keeping in mind that i have not enough money and resources to pay university fee ,so i am looking forward scholarship or donor . i will be looking forward for your reply and will be thankful to you.here i am also going to attach my curricular vitae please find an attachment and plz help me out ..
    Yours faithfully,

    Maryam sarfraz
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  2. mano says:

    I
    hope so this email finds you in good health and spirit I am from Pakistan. I have completed my LL.B in 2010 from University Of Punjab securing very good GPA. I have been very keen in my studies throughout my university period. Beside studies,i have always been at front in extra-curricular activities.I have been head of many societies in my university and has also worked with many organizations. I am social worker also in poor area. i want to pursue my education for the betterment of myself.i cant afford college fees its too expensive. i am from remote area(Gujarat )which is really backward area in Pakistan.really i am so depressed because i want to do LLM but i have no expenses .now a days em practicing law in Lahore courts , as an atheist woman its quite difficult to manage in Pakistan,people are here cant tolerate woman then how can they tolerate the girl who left Islam and working in the field but i don’t want to apply on basis of my ideology, i think its my personal thing i should not get benefit from this ,but i really want to pursue my education ,some one told me about Canada immigration so i thought i should ask from there ,it might possible they can help me out .
    I am eager to go further in field of law to explore my skills and get more knowledge of legal field.I came to know about the LLM program which Canada is offering in this university .?How can i avail scholarship for LL.M program in this Canadian university?please provide me full details regarding this and keeping in mind that i have not enough money and resources to pay university fee ,so i am looking forward scholarship or donor . i will be looking forward for your reply and will be thankful to you…
    Yours faithfully,

  3. Daves says:

    Am not an American and i dont live in the states, am i eligible to apply? If yes, how do i apply and when is the closing date?

  4. admin says:

    Daves,

    no you must be an American.

  5. Joseph says:

    Most of these require you to show that you are an activist. However, I just recently admitted to being secular. Here’s the kicker though, I attend a Christian school. But that is all the more reason as to why I should be eligible for this scholarship. Where better to start spreading the word.

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