Black Skeptics Los Angeles will award scholarships to students of color (African American, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander, Native American) who identify as agnostic, atheist, humanist, and/or secular. Preference will be given to applicants who are the first in their families who go to college, are or have been in foster care, are homeless or undocumented, or identify as LGBTQI+ students. Applicants must have a record of service to and participation in school and/or community-based organizations. Applicants must provide a letter of recommendation from an advisor/teacher and complete the two-paragraph essay below with specific detail and background on how their advocacy qualifies as “humanist”. Applicants must provide an admission letter to a 2 or 4-year college.
To complete the application, please submit a typed two-paragraph essay (between 500-700 words) on the following:
Humanism is based on the belief that every human being should be treated equitably regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, class, and disability status. Secular humanism holds that human beings, not gods, are solely responsible for creating social change. Why do you identify as non-religious/secular and what humanist issue(s) are you passionate about addressing in your community? How might secular humanism make a positive difference in creating social change? What specific issues or causes have you addressed in your community that could be characterized as "humanist"? For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.