Once again, the group Black Skeptics Los Angeles is giving out “First in the Family” scholarships. And to help them out, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is giving the group a $10,000 grant to expand the program:
In 2013, BSLA spearheaded its First in the Family Humanist Scholarship initiative which focuses on undocumented, foster care, homeless and LGBTQ youth who will be the first in their families to go to college. The organization was created to provide resources for non-believers of color and combat stereotypes about atheists not being socially responsible. 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. If current prison pipelining trends persist the Education Trust estimates that only “one of every 20 African American kindergartners will graduate from a four-year California university” in the next decade.
In short, the first four scholarships — $1,000 each — are open to anybody, atheist or not, but preference is given to those who are undocumented, in foster care, homeless, or LGBTQ. The FFRF-sponsored scholarships — $2,500 each — are for young atheists of color.
If you’re interested in applying this year, the deadline is early June and you can see the application right here.