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Youth Activist Scholars Will Receive Financial Aid for College in 2015!

This article was first published in the Liberty Reporter: 2014 Fall Newsletter >>ACLU-Utah-Scholarship15

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.

Past ACLU of Utah scholarship winners came from many parts of Utah including 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, LGBTQ rights, freedom of religion, and freedom of expression. 

To qualify for the scholarship the student must:

  • Have demonstrated a strong commitment to civil liberties through some form of activism,
  • Be a Utah 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 student is still eligible, but must submit an explanation for the lower GPA. 


Applicants 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’s 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, submit a high school transcript, write a 1,000-word essay about their commitment to, and work on behalf of, civil liberties. They must also obtain two recommendations from non-family references.

The scholarship winners will be recognized at our annual Bill of Rights Celebration on May 15, 2015.

The application deadline is January 13, 2015, and the application form is available on our website >> 

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