Printable PDF. For Graduate Students to age 30 or Undergrads 25 to Eligibility: Currently enrolled graduate student up to age 30, or undergrads ages , attending a North American college or university, including but not limited to someone graduating or earning a degree in Spring or Summer Length: to 1, words.

Include word count. Submit typed, double-spaced essay with standard margins.

Other Requirements: Choose own title. Please staple and place your name and essay title on each page. Include a separate paragraph identifying your age, birthdate, hometown, college or university, year in school or degree being earned, previous degree s earned, major and interests. Include your name, mailing address, phone number s , and e-mail address. Winners may be asked to send verification of student enrollment.

Essay must be submitted both by mail and e-mail by deadline see below. Join SSA free online at: www. To be eligible for the bonus, be sure to specify in your bio whether you belong to FFRF, a secular student club please name or have joined SSA online.

Winners agree to promptly provide a photograph suitable for reproduction with their essay. Winners will receive a school-year subscription to Freethought Today.

$2,000 "No Essay" College Scholarship™

All eligible non-winning students will be offered a subscription or a freethought book. Note: FFRF monitors for plagiarism. Deadline: Postmarked no later than July 15, Winners announced in September. Mailing specifications: Send both by email and mail, no later than July 15, Email your essay no later than midnight, July 15, , to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Example: Essay: Your full name. Also mail postmarked by July 15, to:. The competition is generously endowed by Brian Bolton, an FFRF Lifetime Member who is a retired psychologist, humanist minister and university professor emeritus at the University of Arkansas.

Eligibility: Currently-enrolled college student under age 25, currently attending a North American college or university at least through spring or summer Topic: Use a personal first-person approach about how and why you came out as a nonbeliever freethinker, atheist, agnostic, skeptic. Include some intellectual analysis of why you reject religion. If you grew up without religion, you may wish to describe your experiences being open as an atheist or nonbeliever with religious classmates or society.

If raised with religion, tell us how and why you thought your way out of religion.