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    California Freethought Day Speech Scholarship

    Offered by California Freethought Day

    Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Jul 9, 2024
    1 award worth


    Grade level

    High School Students

    Application deadline:

    September 10, 2024

    Scholarship Overview

    Are you a college-bound high school student in California with an interest in free speech, science, and the separation of church and state? If so, the California Freethought Day Speech Scholarship may be a great opportunity for you! Each year, the scholarship awards $1,000 to one (1) applicant who submits the best 300-500-word essay following this prompt: “Pretend that you’ve been invited to speak in front of the United States Congress. Write a 300–500-word speech to convey your ideas on how we can protect our democracy from becoming a theocracy and unite our country against religious bigotry.” If you’re a Californian high schooler who believes in the importance of free speech, science, and secularism, we encourage you to apply! Keep on reading to learn more.

    About California Freethought Day

    California Freethought Day celebrates freedom of speech and thought, civic engagement, enthusiasm for science, social justice, and the separation of church and state. Freethought Day wants to support students who share these values with their scholarship.

    Eligibility information

    This scholarship is open to students meeting the below eligibility criteria.

    Grade Level

    High School Students



    Application information

    To apply for this scholarship, submit the below application materials before the deadline.

    300-500-word essay

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    For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact California Freethought Day at [email protected].

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