FFRF Student Scholarship Essay Contests

This year's essay competition is closed.

Please check back next year for our 2015 competition requirements. 

FFRF ANNOUNCES 2014 STUDENT ESSAY COMPETITION


 

Brian BoltonFFRF Brian Bolton Graduate/Older Student Essay Contest for Grad Students and Students Age 25 to 30 

For Graduate Students to Age 30 or any Student Age 25 to 30

First Place - $3,000
Second Place — $2,000
Third Place — $1,000
Fourth Place — $750
Fifth Place — $500
Sixth Place - $400
Honorable Mention(s) - $200

Eligibility: Currently enrolled graduate student up to age 30, or undergrads ages 25-30, attending a North American college or university, including but not limited to someone graduating or earning a degree in the spring or summer of 2015. 

About Brian Bolton: 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.

2014 Brian Bolton Graduate/ Older Students Essay Contest Winners


 

Michael Hakeem

FFRF Michael Hakeem Memorial College Essay Contest

For College Students Under Age 25
First Place - $3,000
Second Place — $2,000
Third Place — $1,000
Fourth Place — $750
Fifth Place — $500
Sixth Place - $400
Honorable Mention(s) - $200

Eligibility:  Currently enrolled undergraduate college student through age 24, including but not limited to college seniors graduating in the spring or summer 2015, attending a North American college or university. 

About Michael Hakeem: The late Michael Hakeem, a sociology professor, was an FFRF officer and active atheist known by generations of University of Wisconsin-Madison students for fine-tuning their reasoning abilities.

Read more: Announcing 2014 Michael Hakeem Memorial Award college essay winners


FFRF William J. Schulz High School Essay Contest

For College-Bound High School Seniors
First Place - $3,000
Second Place — $2,000
Third Place — $1,000
Fourth Place — $750
Fifth Place — $500
Sixth Place - $400
Honorable Mention(s) - $200

Eligibility: North American high school senior who graduates in spring 2015, going to college in fall 2015. 

About William J. Schultz: This competition is endowed by William J. Schultz, a member of FFRF who died at 57, was a farm boy who became a chemical engineer and built paper-producing mills around the world. He cared deeply about FFRF’s work.

Read more: Announcing 2014 William J. Schultz High School Essay Award winners

 

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