Freedom From Religion Foundation annually offers the William J. Schultz Memorial Award, an essay based scholarship which is especially open to North American high school seniors. The prizes for the winners ranging from $200 to $3,000. To apply, candidates must write an essay responding one of the topic questions below. Application deadline in June 1, 2017.
This scholarship essay contest requires the participants to write an essay on the following prompt; What would you like to tell a believer in your life (such as a family member, friend or a teacher) about why you choose freethought (atheism, agnosticism)? You may wish to include some intellectual arguments about why you aren’t a believer or what you consider the most compelling reasons for rejecting religion. Or you may wish to explain personal challenges you have faced as a young freethinker in a religious culture, or in communicating with a specific believer about your nonbelief. You may wish to draw on real life experiences in which you have tried to explain your nonbelief to a religious individual in your life.
The following are the detail information of the award value:
– 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
High school senior in all subjects.
Place of Study
In the United States of America
Eligibility and Criteria
This essay scholarship contest open to North American high school seniors who graduate in spring 2017, college-bound in fall 2017.
The U.S. students may apply this scholarship.
Please write your essay in 350 to 500 words. The essay topic is “If there was one thing I could tell my family or a believer about why I’m a nonbeliever, this would be it.”
June 1, 2017.