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.