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Name ACLU Youth Activist Scholarship
Number of Awards 15
Award Value $7,000
Award Type Merit-Based Scholarship
Accept Applications Until November 30
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Contact Information

Contact American Civil Liberties Union

Scholarship Description

The American Civil Liberties Union is offering 15 of the nation’s most committed, young civil liberties activists $7,000 each toward their first year in college.

Winners will also become part of an elite class of scholar-activists who will be invited to participate in ongoing activities with the ACLU, including the Youth Activist Institute training program at the ACLU National office in New York City.

We are looking for students who have stood up for civil liberties, tolerance, free speech, and equality! Past scholarship winners were recognized for a wide variety of civil liberties activism including:

* Creating and teaching a class for middle school students that aimed to lower the risk that they would enter into the "school-to-prison" pipeline
* Challenging a principal’s policy of punishing students for writing “gay pride” on their arms and notebooks
* Advocating on behalf of Native American youth in the juvenile justice system
* Producing and hosting a youth radio program focusing on LGBTQ rights and issues
* Working with school officials to ensure that intelligent design would no longer be taught in the public schools
* Starting an organization to get teen girls involved in the decisions that effect them, such as policies on sexual harassment and access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare

To qualify for the scholarship you must:

* Have demonstrated a strong commitment to civil liberties through some form of activism
* Be a high school senior planning on entering an accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking student
* Have attained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of graduation
* Not be a current ACLU plaintiff or witness in a legal case