If you are a college-bound high school senior and have demonstrated a commitment to civil liberties, you could be one of 10 students around the country to win a $4,000 college scholarship from the American Civil Liberties Union.
The ACLU Youth Activist Scholarship was established in 1999 to reward young men and women who have furthered a civil liberties or civil rights principle through activism while in high school. Each winner will receive a grant of $4,000 toward his or her college tuition.
One of last year's winners was Montclair, N.J., native Elizabeth Lipschultz, who fought to protect the rights of students to keep their personal information from being released to military recruiters.
Some of the activities of previous winners include: asserting their right to freedom of speech in the face of strong opposition, whether it be in newspaper articles, political activities or the wearing of certain apparel.
Other winners have spent time working for immigrant rights and racial justice, spreading the message of tolerance through the creation of lesbian and gay rights organizations, advocating for teen health and reproductive rights and joining in the fight to end the death penalty.
To apply you must:
- Be a New Jersey resident
- Complete and Submit Your Application describing in 1000 words or less the activities that have made you a civil liberties/civil rights activist
The deadline to Submit Your Application is February 9, 2007. Winners will be announced in August 2007.