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Scholarships available for Utah High School Seniors Who Have Taken Action To Protect Civil Liberties

16 January 2017 Published in Youth Activist Scholarship

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The 2017 Youth Activist Scholarship program is closed. We will be announcing our two winners soon. They were chosen for their strong commitment to protecting and enhancing civil liberties in their schools and communities. They will receive a $1,500 scholarship to be used toward their first year of college and will be honored, along with other Utah civil liberties heroes, at the Bill of Rights Breakfast Celebration on May 25, 2017.

All Utah high school students are invited to attend an all day free Youth Leadership & Activism Conference on Saturday, February 4, 2017, in Salt Lake City.

Meet the 2016 Youth Activist Scholarship Winners!

This is the tenth year that the ACLU of Utah will award scholarships to eligible college bound Utah high school seniors who have demonstrated a strong commitment to civil liberties through some form of activism. The scholarship will be applied toward their college education.

If you have stood up for:

  • Equality
  • Racial Justice
  • Free Speech
  • Human Rights
  • Religious Freedom
  • Tolerance
  • Privacy

We want to hear from you! 

If you are serious about fighting for the constitutional rights of everyone, return the Student Activist Scholarship Program Application by Monday, January 23, 2017. 

PAST WINNERS: ACLU of Utah scholarship winners have come from many parts of Utah including American Fork, Brigham City, Herrman, Kearns, Logan, Moab, Nephi, Ogden, Orem, Provo, Salt Lake City, St. George, and Taylorsville. Their civil liberties work includes programs and activities that advocate for racial diversity, rights of disabled students, women’s equality, freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and equality for all. Meet the past winners >>

To qualify for the scholarship you must:

  • Be a Utah resident;
  • Be a current high school senior planning on entering an accredited college or university as a full-time, degree-seeking student;
  • Have attained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. If the GPA is less than 3.0, the applicant is still eligible but must submit an explanation for the lower GPA;
  • Have proof of strong commitment to civil liberties through some form of activism addressing such issues as equality, racial justice, free speech, religious freedom, tolerance, and privacy.


Students who complete the application forms will be judged on the following standards:

  • The strength and depth of the candidate’s contributions to civil liberties
  • Demonstrated leadership
  • The likelihood of the applicant's continuing commitment to civil liberties in the future
  • Commitment to academic excellence
  • Demonstrated financial need


The application is quite simple. Students complete a short application form, write a 1,000-word essay about their commitment to, and work on behalf of, civil liberties, and submit school transcripts as well as two recommendations from non-family references.

If you would like more information about the scholarship program call (801) 521-9862 ext. 101 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Download the essential information regarding the scholarship

Download a one-page flyer about the program

Meet the past winners 

APPLY NOW! Student Activist Scholarship Program Application