Saturday, November 07, 2009

2010 ACLU Youth Activist Scholarship Program

November 6, 2009

To Whom It May Concern:
We have been selected as a nominator by the ACLU of Ohio to nominate potential recipients for the 2010 ACLU Youth Activist Scholarship Program. By the end of November we are to select random high school scholars throughout Ohio that meet the ACLU scholarship qualifications. These selected students will have the opportunity to receive a $7,000 scholarship for their first year of college. To be considered for nominations, we request that students send us a resume, a one-page biography, and a brief statement (no more than a paragraph) on why they feel that they qualify for this scholarship opportunity. Please email us your nomination material with your name and contact information to no later than 11:59 pm on November 23, 2009.

Scholarship Qualifications
To qualify for the scholarship students must:
• Have demonstrated a strong commitment to civil liberties through some form of activism
• Be a high school senior planning on entering an accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking student
• Have attained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of graduation
• Not be a current ACLU client or witness in a legal case
Benefits as an ACLU Youth Activist Scholar
Past scholarship winners were recognized for a wide variety of civil liberties activism including:
• Creating and teaching a class for middle school students that aimed to lower the risk that they would enter into the "school-to-prison" pipeline
• Challenging a principal's policy of punishing students for writing “gay pride” on their arms and notebooks
• Working with school officials to ensure that intelligent design would no longer be taught in the public schools
• Starting an organization to get teen girls involved in the decisions that affect them, such as policies on sexual harassment and access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare


Antoinne M. McKinney

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