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ACLU of Utah Announces 2013 Youth Activist Scholarship Recipients
Posted 3/5/13 - A selection committee composed of community leaders and educators reviewed qualifying candidates from across the state and have selected three high school seniors to receive the 2013 Youth Activist Scholarship awards. The students are selected based not only on their activism, but also their academic excellence, leadership and tenacity in overcoming personal hardship. The recipients will each receive a $1,000 scholarship, in recognition of their commitment to civil liberties through activism. The winners will be honored at the ACLU of Utah’s 2013 Bill of Rights Celebration on May 17, 2013.
The winners of the 2013 Youth Activist Scholarships include: a religious liberties advocate who has used her personal challenges to fight for the rights of polygamous families; a young Latino immigrant working to expand education opportunities for minorities; and an activist for sex education, who has spoken at schools, youth groups and public events to talk about issues surrounding reproductive health.
Meet the 2013 Youth Activist Scholarship recipients >>
Utah High School Seniors
Become an ACLU Youth Activist Scholar
and Receive Financial Aid for College in 2013!
This will be the sixth 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.
The application deadline is Monday, January 7, 2013.
The ACLU of Utah's Youth Activist Scholarship Program is generously
funded by the Semnani Family Foundation
Media Advisory: ACLU Scholarship Offers Financial Aid For College To Utah Youth Activists (10/9/12)
Are you passionate about civil liberties?
If you have stood up for:
- Racial Justice
- Free Speech
- Human Rights
- Religious Freedom
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 7, 2013.
Past ACLU of Utah scholarship winners have come from many parts of Utah including Logan, Ogden, Provo, St. George, Orem, Moab, and Salt Lake City. 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. Learn about 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 111 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Download a one-page flier about the program >>
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