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Become an ACLU Youth Activist Scholar and Receive Financial Aid for College in 2015!

29 December 2014 Published in Youth Activist Scholarship

ACLU-Utah-Scholarship15BIf you are a graduating Utah high school senior and civil liberties activist, you could receive $1,000 toward your first year of college. The application deadline is Monday, January 12, 2015.


High school students! Join us at this FREE event to learn basic activist skills and end discrimination in school discipline. Youth Leadership and Activism Conference, January 24, 8:30am - 5:00pm, Utah Law & Justice Center, 645 South 200 East, Salt Lake City. More info >>


This is the eighth year that the ACLU of Utah will award three $1,000 scholarships to eligible college bound high school seniors who have demonstrated a strong commitment to civil liberties through some form of activism. The scholarship will be applied toward their college education. 

If you have stood up for:

  • Equality
  • Racial Justice
  • Free Speech
  • Human Rights
  • Religious Freedom
  • Tolerance
  • Privacy

We want to hear from you! 


If you are serious about fighting for the constitutional rights of everyone, return the Student Activist Scholarship Program Application by Monday, January 12, 2015.

PAST WINNERS: ACLU of Utah scholarship winners have come from many parts of Utah including American Fork, Brigham City, Herrman, Kearns, Logan, Moab, Nephi, Ogden, Orem, Provo, Salt Lake City, and St. George. Their civil liberties work includes programs and activities that advocate for racial diversity, rights of disabled students, women’s equality, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and equality for all. Meet the past winners >>

To qualify for the scholarship you must:

  • Be a Utah resident;
  • Be a current high school senior planning on entering an accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking student;
  • Have attained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. If the GPA is less than 3.0, the applicant is still eligible but must submit an explanation for the lower GPA;
  • Have proof of strong commitment to civil liberties through some form of activism addressing such issues as equality, racial justice, free speech, religious freedom, tolerance, and privacy.


Students who complete the application forms will be judged on the following standards:

  • The strength and depth of the candidate’s contributions to civil liberties
  • Demonstrated leadership
  • The likelihood of the applicant continuing commitment to civil liberties in the future
  • Commitment to academic excellence
  • Demonstrated financial need


The application is quite simple. Students complete a short application form, write a 1,000-word essay about their commitment to, and work on behalf of, civil liberties, and submit school transcripts as well as two recommendations from non-family references.

If you would like more information about the scholarship program call (801) 521-9862 ext 101 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Download the essential information regarding the scholarship >> 

Download a one-page flier about the program >> 

Meet the past winners >>

Download an application form >>