Youth Activist Scholarship
For the past fourteen years, the ACLU of Utah has celebrated and recognized emerging young leaders in our state. This year, we are proud to announce that four graduating seniors received $4,500 in financial assistance through the ACLU of Utah’s 2021 Youth Activist Scholarship Program.
2021 will be the 14th year that the ACLU of Utah will award scholarships to eligible college bound Utah high school seniors who have demonstrated a strong commitment to civil liberties through some form of activism.
2020 is the 13th year that the ACLU of Utah is awarding scholarships to Utah’s outstanding college-bound high school seniors who have demonstrated a strong commitment to civil liberties activism. A committee of educators and community leaders met (virtually) in March to review applications from more than 20 inspiring young activists around the state. These four students were chosen for their inspirational work in standing up for civil liberties in their schools and communities.
Youth activists claim over $10,000 in scholarship awards! 2018 is the eleventh year that the ACLU of Utah is awarding scholarships to Utah’s outstanding college-bound high school seniors who have demonstrated a strong commitment to civil liberties activism.
2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 2020 Ria Agarwal - Rowland Hall Emory Bouffard - Academy of Math, Science, and Engineering Dulce Horn - Rowland Hall Ainsely Moench - Skyline High School 2019 Saida Dahir is a trailblazer. The 18-year-old Somali-American Muslim came to the U.S. as a child refugee and became an activist by combating the stereotypes she faced in her everyday life. Saida uses her powerful words and emotions to connect with people from all different walks of life through her poetry and engagement with groups like Black Lives Matter Utah, March For Our Lives Utah, and Utah Environmental Solutions. Saida strives to be the representative of power and responsibility that she never saw growing up Jeniel Zimmerman’s passion for activism can’t be stopped. In between serving on the March For Our Lives Utah board and running the Gay-Straight Alliance at Mountain View High School in Orem, she organized a school walkout and planned the Utah County Youth Climate Strike. Next fall, she’s headed to the University of Utah’s Honor's College to earn a degree in political science before attending law school to become a civil rights lawyer and show that queer youth can overcome the unique challenges…