Freedom From Religion Foundation Essay Contests

June 1, 2025
Awards Available: 55

Scholarship Description

The Freedom From Religion Foundation Essay Contests are open to all ongoing college students already attending a North American college or university. You remain eligible to enter this contest if you will graduate from college by spring or summer the year of the award. Please fill out online submission form and attach essay. The essay must be double-spaced, standard margins, font size of 11 to 14 point, and attached as a PDF. Your name and the name of your essay must be included on every page. Pages must be numbered. Indicate word length at end of the essay. Please choose your own title, do not use the topic of the essay as the title. Do not attach a resume with your essay.

Scholarship Details

  • Open to ongoing college students and graduating seniors
  • Essays must be in PDF format, double-spaced, and adhere to formatting guidelines
  • Winning essays may be published in Freethought Today, FFRF's newspaper, and on the FFRF website

Eligibility Criteria

  • Open to college students attending North American colleges or universities
  • Graduating students in the spring or summer of the award year are eligible
  • Previous winners of the Michael Hakeem College Contest may not re-enter, but other entrants are welcome

Application Process

  1. Fill out the online submission form and attach your essay.
  2. Ensure your essay adheres to formatting guidelines.
  3. Winners may be asked to provide a suitable photograph and verification of student enrollment.

By entering the competition, you agree to permit your winning essay to be printed in full or in part in Freethought Today, FFRF's newspaper; announced in a news release, and posted online at FFRF's website. You also agree, if you win an award, to promptly provide FFRF with a photograph of yourself suitable for reproduction with your winning essay. Winners may be asked to send verification of student enrollment. Students will be disqualified if they do not follow instructions, including word limit and deadline. FFRF monitors for plagiarism. You may not re-enter this contest if FFRF has previously awarded you for an essay in the Michael Hakeem College Contest. If you have previously entered but did not win, you may submit another essay in this contest. Scholarship Search