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Agnostic/Atheist Scholarships

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 O'Hair Award

  • Application Deadline: 2/26/2020
  • Amount: $1,000
  • 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 Deadline: 6/1/2020
  • Amount: $3,000
  • The FFRF Student Scholarship Essay Contests are open to all high school seniors who graduate in spring and will be attending a North American college or university in the fall. Fill out the application and submit your essay no later than midnight, June 1st. Winners will be announced in July. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's [...] More

Freedom From Religion Foundation Catherine Fahringer Memorial Award

  • Application Deadline: 6/21/2020
  • Amount: $2,500
  • The First In The Family Freedom From Religion Foundation Catherine Fahringer Memorial 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), Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American) who are (or have been) in [...] More

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Last Reviewed: September 2019

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