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Scholarships Available For Utah High School Seniors Who Have Taken Action To Protect Civil Liberties

15 January 2018 Published in Youth Activist Scholarship

Scholarship18lrgThe 2018 scholarship application process is closed.  A committee of educators and community leaders reviewed the amazing applications from inspiring young activists around the state and chose four students for their  inspirational work in standing up for civil liberties in their schools and communities. Meet the 2018 scholarship winners and watch a short video  highlighting their activism. We are grateful for the support of the B. W. Bastian Foundation and McCarthey Family Foundation for this year's scholarship program. 

2018 is the eleventh 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. 

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.

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! 2018 Student Activist Scholarship Program Application