Life Members promote freethought poetry, boost scholarships

Dean and Dorea Schramm, Lifetime FFRF Members, have taken their personal activism to a new level. For several years, they generously have provided a $50 bonus for every FFRF student scholarship winner, a cool $1,000 for high school scholarship recipients this year alone, not to mention pending gifts to recipients in the two other scholarship categories. 

Dean also offers each winner a free copy of his book, “Rhymes for Reason.” Phil Appleman, FFRF’s poet laureate, says of the book:  “. . . clever rhymes, witty takes and double-takes, seriously broad knowledge of the Bible and other nonsense books, and endless quotable lines . . . Thanks for slipping this bit of joy into my life!”

The book is now available on Amazon in print and digital format or at

The Schramms’ new project, which benefits Student Secular Alliance groups on campuses around the country, is a Freethought Poetry Contest. Rules are at

SSA groups which encourage their members to submit secular poetry or vote on contest entries have the opportunity to earn cash for pizza. It’s a way to help SSA attract members, promote freethinking with poetry and get support for meeting expenses. 

FFRF appreciates the Schramms’ support for up-and-coming secular activists!

Lisa Strand

Freedom From Religion Foundation