ACLU Youth Activist Scholarship

The American Civil Liberties Union is pleased to announce the ACLU Youth Activist Scholarship Contest. Ten college-bound, graduating high school seniors from across the country who have demonstrated a strong commitment to civil liberties will be awarded a grant of $4,000 towards his or her college tuition.


Candidates must be graduating seniors who intend to go to college during the next academic year. They must have demonstrated a strong commitment to civil liberties through some form of student activism such as:

  • Playing a leadership role in establishing a students' civil liberties club or group
  • Demonstrating a commitment to a particular ACLU issue through such activities as organizing a rally, circulating a petition, defending free speech, etc.
  • Asserting free speech rights through newspaper articles, political activities, or wearing certain apparel
  • Serving actively as a plaintiff in an ACLU lawsuit
  • Participating in an affliliate board of directors or some other leadership committee (not at the national level)


  • Write a personal essay describing your reason for becoming a civil liberties/civil rights activist.


Indicate your intent to participate via e-mail to the ACLU-NJ ( by October 31, 2005. Indicate in the subject line ACLU Youth Activist Scholarship.

Submit the ACLU Youth Activist Scholarship Application (430k PDF) along with your personal essay and an electronic photo to the ACLU-NJ by November 30, 2005:

Youth Activist Scholarship
P.O. Box 32159
Newark, NJ 07102

The ACLU-NJ has had a winner of this scholarship since its inception in 1999. Let's keep the tradition going strong!

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