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Agnosticism is the belief that religious claims are impossible to prove. Agnostics neither believe nor disbelieve in the existence of a higher power. Atheism is a pure disbelief in the existence of a higher power. However, just like their religious counterparts, there are scholarships for the non-religious student population including Atheists, Agnostics, Secularists, and anyone who considers themselves to be non-religious. Organizations like the Freedom From Religion Foundation have contests and wards for the free-thinkers of the world that are just as generous as those offered by religious organizations.

Students who consider themselves agnostic, atheist, non-religious, secularists, or free-thinkers have a small list of scholarships to choose from. To view these scholarships, click the links below. For a more complete list of scholarship opportunities, religious or otherwise, conduct a free college scholarship search.

American Atheists Chinn Scholarships
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
American Atheists is proud to award two Chinn Scholarships for LGBT Atheist Activism. These scholarships recognize activism in the area of LGBT equality. You do not have to be a member of the LGBT community to receive this scholarship; allies are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility:
-High school seniors or current college students
-Full-time graduate and law school students
-Applicants must be [...] More

American Atheists O'Hair Award
Application Deadlines: February 01, Annually
The American Atheists awards a $1,000 O'Hair Scholarship to an atheist student attending college or university. The award is given every year at the American Atheists National Convention. The Student Activist Scholarship program was founded by Life Members Barbara J. Baldock, Dr. Phillip Butler, Lillian B. Ramsden, Rice O'Dell and Irving Yablon.

The scholarship can be used by a current college [...] More

FFRF Student Scholarship Essay Contests
Application Deadlines: June 01, Annually
There are three categories for the Freedom From Religion Essay Competition:

-The William Schulz High School Essay Contest
-The Michael Hakeem Memorial College Essay Contest
-The Brian Bolton: Graduate Student/Older Student Essay [...] More

Freedom From Religion Foundation Catherine Fahringer Memorial Award
Application Deadlines: June 17, Annually
Four (4) scholarships are awarded to high school youth to assist with their tuition, room and board, books, and other academic resources. This award is available to high school youth who live in the U.S. who identify as atheist, agnostic, humanist and/or secular, and are accepted into two or four-year colleges. Preference is given to students of color (Black/African American, Latino(a), [...] More

Last Edited: January 2016

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