Youth Activist Scholarship
Youth activists claim $10,000 in scholarship awards 2018 is the eleventh year that the ACLU of Utah is awarding scholarships to eligible college-bound Utah high school seniors who have demonstrated a strong commitment to civil liberties activism. A committee of educators and community leaders met in February to review applications from more than 20 inspiring young activists around the state. These four students were chosen for their inspirational work in standing up for civil liberties in their schools and communities. We are grateful for the support of the B. W. Bastian Foundation, the McCarthey Family Foundation, and other private donors for this year’s scholarship program. Paola Cervantes, West High School - "An activist will fight for justice and equality no matter how big the issue can be. This is the right time to stand up and take action on the many social problems that surround us." As an immigrant herself, Paola applied her passion for immigration issues while working with Comunidades Unidas in support of the Safe Schools Resolution, which was passed by the Salt Lake School District in early 2017, affirming the District’s commitment to all students regardless of citizenship. Paola was elected Diversity Ambassador and founded the Diversity…
On Monday, March 12 the ACLU of Utah organized a Facebook Live workshop on Students' Rights as students prepare for walkouts in March and April. Watch the video here!
Scholarships Available For Utah High School Seniors Who Have Taken Action To Protect Civil Liberties
The 2018 scholarship application process is closed. A committee of educators and community leaders have reviewed the amazing applications from inspiring young activists around the state. Recipients of the scholarship will be announced in soon. We are grateful for the support of the B. W. Bastian Foundation and McCarthey Family Foundation for this year's scholarship program.
A special thank you to Lone Peak Productions for their support of our scholarship program and their production of the annual video highlighting our scholarship winners. 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 2017 Jessica Rodriguez and Yearim De Leon were chosen for their strong commitment to protecting and enhancing civil liberties in their schools and communities. These two amazing young activists were selected from many outstanding applications submitted by graduating high school seniors across the state by a committee of educators and community leaders. They are each receiving a $1,500 scholarship to be used toward their first year of college and were honored, along with other Utah civil liberties heroes, at the Bill of Rights Breakfast Celebration on May 25, 2017. Jessica Rodriguez, Cyprus High School: "Being a civil liberties activist means you are willing to stand up for your community and members of a marginalized community to end systemic oppression. It means you are willing to do whatever it takes to take that step closer towards true equality." As a child of immigrants, an activist for LGBTQ student rights, and advocate for restorative justice, Jessica is a fighter for and protector of equal rights for all. Jessica, along with two friends, started the…
The ACLU of Utah’s Youth Activist Scholarship Program, now in its seventh year, recognizes Utah high school seniors who are passionate about civil liberties, and have taken a stand to show it. Three winners, selected by a committee of educators and community leaders, are each awarded a $1000 scholarship to be used toward their first year of college. The deadline to apply for the scholarship is January 13, 2014.