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Youth Activist Scholarship

2017 Youth Activist Scholarship Winners

26 May 2017 Published in Youth Activist Scholarship
Jessica Rodriguez and Yearim De Leon were chosen for their strong commitment to protecting and enhancing civil liberties in their schools and communities. They talk about the importance of community engagement and activism in this short video.

Scholarships available for Utah High School Seniors Who Have Taken Action To Protect Civil Liberties

16 January 2017 Published in Youth Activist Scholarship
This is the eleventh year that the ACLU of Utah will award scholarships to two eligible college bound Utah high school seniors who have demonstrated a strong commitment to civil liberties through some form of activism. The $1,500 scholarship will be applied toward their college education.

Meet the amazing recipients of our 2016 Youth Activist Scholarship Awards!

22 May 2016 Published in Youth Activist Scholarship
These two winners were selected, from many outstanding applications submitted by graduating high school seniors across the state, by a committee of educators and community leaders. 

2015 Youth Activist Scholarship Winners

12 April 2015 Published in Youth Activist Scholarship
Meet the amazing recipients of our 2015 Youth Activist Scholarship Awards! These three winners were selected by a committee of educators and community leaders for their strong commitment to protecting and enhancing civil liberties in their schools and communities.

Scholarship Winners

09 September 2014 Published in Youth Activist Scholarship
A special thank you to Lone Peak Productions for their support of our scholarship program and their production of the annual video highlighting our scholarship winners. 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 2017 Jessica Rodriguez and Yearim De Leon were chosen for their strong commitment to protecting and enhancing civil liberties in their schools and communities. These two amazing young activists were selected from many outstanding applications submitted by graduating high school seniors across the state by a committee of educators and community leaders. They are each receiving a $1,500 scholarship to be used toward their first year of college and were honored, along with other Utah civil liberties heroes, at the Bill of Rights Breakfast Celebration on May 25, 2017. Jessica Rodriguez, Cyprus High School: "Being a civil liberties activist means you are willing to stand up for your community and members of a marginalized community to end systemic oppression. It means you are willing to do whatever it takes to take that step closer towards true equality." As a child of immigrants, an activist for LGBTQ student rights, and advocate for restorative justice, Jessica is a fighter for and protector of equal rights for all. Jessica, along with two friends, started the…

2014 Scholarship Winners Exemplify Youth Activism

28 May 2014 Published in Youth Activist Scholarship
These young activists were selected for their dedication to civil liberties, their leadership abilities, and their academic excellence.

ACLU Scholarship Program Seeks High School Activists, Offers Financial Aid For College in 2014

11 November 2013 Published in Newsroom
The ACLU of Utah’s Youth Activist Scholarship Program, now in its seventh year, recognizes Utah high school seniors who are passionate about civil liberties, and have taken a stand to show it. Three winners, selected by a committee of educators and community leaders, are each awarded a $1000 scholarship to be used toward their first year of college. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is January 13, 2014.

Meet the 2013 Youth Activist Scholarship Recipients

02 September 2013 Published in Youth Activist Scholarship
The ACLU of Utah's Youth Activist Scholarship Program is generously funded by the Semnani Family Foundation Utah High School Seniors Honored For Activism ACLU of Utah Announces 2013 Youth Activist Scholarship Recipients We are proud to announce the amazing winners of our 2013 Youth Activist Scholarship Awards. A selection committee composed of community leaders and educators reviewed qualifying candidates from across the state. Our winners were selected based on the students’ dedication to civil liberties, the challenges they have overcome, the leadership they display, and their academic excellence. Each winner receives $1,000 towards their first year of college and were honored at the 2013 Bill of Rights Breakfast Celebration on May 17. Sheila LazcanoKearns High School, Kearns “I want to be the constant reminder that barriers exist, but barriers are meant to be broken. Because education has been a big part of my life, I work for my right and the right of other underrepresented students to pursue their educational dreams. Education is something that no one can take from you.” Sheila has worked tirelessly to expand the education opportunities to minorities, especially those who are undocumented, in the United States. As a student mentor for the FACE Movement, a pioneering program…

ACLU of Utah Announces 2011 Youth Activist Scholarship Winners

31 March 2011 Published in Youth Activist Scholarship
Utah Youth Stand Up For Their Rights and YOURS, too! The ACLU of Utah is proud to announce the amazing winners of its 2011 Youth Activist Scholarship Awards. A selection committee composed of community leaders and volunteers reviewed qualifying candidates from across the state. Our winners were selected based on the students’ dedication to civil liberties, the challenges they have overcome, and the leadership they display. Each winner receives $1,000 towards their first year of college and were honored at our Bill of Rights Dinner on May 11. ELIZABETH LOPEZAcademy for Math, Engineering, and Science, Salt Lake City “Often we, the youth, feel like we can’t do anything because we’re just kids. Yet, behind every movement, there are young people who are just as important as the adults. Change begins with us. As a civil libertarian activist, I envision continuing to be a voice for my community.” Elizabeth has been active in promoting justice since junior high. She is a leader working tirelessly with MECHA and the Salt Lake DREAM Team, to promote empowerment through education and political action. Elizabeth is an advocate for those who need a voice, a fighter against racism, and is an effective defender of civil liberties…