American Atheists O'Hair Award

$1,000

February 26, 2020

Awards Available: See Description

  • Scholarship Description
  • 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 student or by high school student entering college the upcoming year. Additionally, full-time graduate and law school students are eligible for the scholarship. Applicants must be atheists and have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better. Applicants are judged based on their actions as atheists and activists. You do not have to be a member of American Atheists to apply for a scholarship, but you do have to be a member to accept a scholarship if you win. All applicants are offered a free one-year membership to American Atheists. For more information and to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.
  • Contact
  • Scholarship Committee
  • P.O. Box 158
  • Cranford , NJ 07016
  • scholarships@atheists.org
  • 908-276-7300

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Jaylen M  on 9/10/2019 12:04:25 PM

Joe C is right, The ONLY thing atheism entails is a lack of belief in gods. Whether you do or do not become an activist you are still an atheist. And when was standing up for what you believed considered superfluous? Only when it challenges the status quo.

Francisca S  on 6/16/2019 2:59:59 PM

literally did not even know atheist activists existed

Joe C  on 6/13/2019 11:57:26 AM

The only thing that atheism entails is a lack of belief in gods. That's it, atheists who aren't activists are just as much atheists as those who are.

Jhony M  on 2/16/2019 8:55:55 PM

Obviously the previous comments are made by philistines who lack the knowledge or understanding that religion is a tool that allows the status-quo to remain the same. Marxism and anti-theism go hand-in-hand.

Hannah V  on 1/16/2019 4:09:58 PM

Part of being an athiest is NOT trying to convince others to share your beliefs.

Asa G  on 8/29/2018 12:58:49 PM

Agreeing with the comments below. Scholarships for secular activism make sense, but the simple lack of belief in a higher power should not be something that intrinsically demands activism.

Dylan B  on 1/23/2018 6:44:20 PM

Being an atheist isn't about activism. Its the opposite of real religion which is believing in a higher power. An atheists knows there isn't, instead of believing in an extrinsic force making us stronger we know its intrinsic. We are so powerful and strong by what we give and do for ourselves.

Bridget S  on 1/14/2018 10:39:41 AM

It would be nice to see a scholarship for atheist students, not necessarily activist students. There are plenty of religious affiliation scholarships available for theist students that aren't activists.

Odon-Erkhes B  on 9/14/2016 9:00:43 PM

What do I have to do for this scholarship? Thanks in advance.

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