First in the Family Forward Freethought Scholarship Awardee: Behanka Adonis

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The Forward Freethought Tuition Relief Scholarships is funded by generous FFRF benefactor Lance Bredvold. This year, the students were selected by Black Skeptics Los Angeles, an African-American humanist-atheist community-based organization.

FFRF has previously partnered with BSLA in its annual “first in the family” humanist scholarships for outstanding secular students of color.

Scholarship recipient Behanka Adonis said, “Being a first-generation immigrant student, I know the idea of mental health is hardly acknowledged within our community, and that being part of the LGBTQ community is considered a ‘sin.’ I attempt to eliminate such stigma, and as humanists we are providing resources to ensure that every student, despite their circumstances, is treated equally. That’s why I joined my city’s Mayoral Youth Leadership Council, where I can use my voice for those who are silent.”

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