2009 ACLU Youth Activist Scholarship Program

News Release: 
Friday, November 20, 2009
The ACLU is offering 16 high school students from across the country a $12,500 college scholarship for their dedication to preserving civil liberties. Winners will participate in ongoing activities and trainings at national ACLU offices in Washington D.C. and New York City. To be considered for the scholarship, you must be nominated by your state affiliate - the ACLU of Washington.







If you are passionate about protecting and fighting for the constitutional rights of everyone, please submit a paragraph describing yourself and your civil liberties work to [email protected]. The deadline is November 17, 2008.

To qualify for the scholarship you must:

  • Have demonstrated a strong commitment to civil liberties through some form of activism.
  • Be a high school senior planning on entering an accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking student
  • Have attained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of graduation
  • Not be a current ACLU plaintiff or witness in a legal case

Past national scholarship winners were recognized for a wide variety of civil liberties activism including:

  • Starting an organization to inform students and faculty about high school military recruitment efforts that targeted students of color;
  • Working to defend free speech and political expression in the school newspaper; Creating a documentary about the internment of Japanese Americans;
  • Fighting for racial and socioeconomic justice in area high schools;
  • Advocating for comprehensive sex education and youth rights;
  • Fighting against the harassment and bullying faced by gay students by starting a gay-straight alliance.
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