Student Scholarship

Support a secular social justice scholarship program

In 2013, Black Skeptics Los Angeles (BSLA)—one of the originating organizers of the Secular Social Justice Conference—launched the First in the Family Humanist Scholarship initiative in collaboration with the American Humanist Association, Foundation Beyond Belief, and Atheists United.

Check out the 2017 recipients of First in the Family Humanist Scholarship here!

This scholarship, featured on the "20 Great Scholarships for Secularists" list, provides crucial resources for foster care, homeless, undocumented, LGBTQ, and system-involved youth of color—youth populations that have historically been shut out of college access. As its name suggests, the First In the Family Scholarships are offered to youth of color who will be the first in their immediate families to go to college.

These youth populations have some of the highest incarceration rates and lowest college-going and college graduation rates. So a secular social justice focus must address the significant barriers students of color have in receiving a culturally responsive, quality education that prepares them for college and substantive careers (rather than prison and low wage employment or chronic unemployment).

Responding directly to the school-to-prison pipeline crisis in communities of color, BSLA is the first atheist organization to specifically address college pipelining for youth of color with an explicitly anti-racist multicultural emphasis. This scholarship initiative exists for the same reason Secular Social Justice was designed: to provide a secular humanist response to the particular struggles of communities of color that are often marginalized within a white supremacist society.

With your support, BSLA hopes to award at least four youth $1000 scholarships to assist with books, tuition, housing, and other living expenses. Those interested in helping us grow this secular scholarship fund, please reach out to BSLA.