Michael Hakeem Memorial Award – College Essay Contest by FFRF

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is delighted to offer an amount of fund for the winners of the essay contest of Michael Hakeem Memorial Award. Those who are pursuing an undergraduate program are welcome to participate. Award value ranging from $200 to $3,000. All entries must be received no later than July 1 2017.

Scholarship Description
All participants are required to write an essay discussing one of the topic questions below. Please note, the essay must be consisting 45o – 650 words:

  • THIS YEAR’S TOPIC: “My morals do not come from God, they come from . . .”
  • PROMPT: Write from a personal perspective about your experiences or challenges in the face of persistent stereotypes that atheists and other nonbelievers are not moral. Explain how you’re “good without God,” why religion is not necessary for morality, and may even be counterproductive. What can be done by you or others to counter negative stereotypes about nonbelievers? Include at least one paragraph about why you are a nonbeliever and contend that there is insufficient evidence for religious claims.

Award Value
The winners of this scholarship will be awarded the prizes as follow:
– First Place: $3,000
– Second Place: $2,000
– Third Place: $1,000
– Fourth Place: $750
– Fifth Place: $500
– Sixth Place: $400
– Optional Honorable Mention(s): $200

Level and Area of Studies
Undergraduate level in any subject.

Place of Study
In the United States of America.

Eligibility and Criteria
Open to ongoing college students in North America (if you are a high school senior going on to college for the first time, you must enter FFRF’s high school essay competition). You may still enter the ongoing college contest if you will graduate from college by spring or summer of 2017.

Applicants’ Nationality
The U.S students may apply this scholarship.

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Application Instruction
To apply, all interested candidates are advised to visit the application link below.

Submission Deadline
July 1, 2017.

Website and Application Link

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