UPDATE 4/17/23: NJHN Press Release
For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Lisa Ridge, [email protected], 732-425-5233
New College or Trade School Scholarship Opportunity for Secular Students
(April 17, 2023) – The New Jersey Humanist Network (NJHN) is pleased to announce a new $1,000 scholarship to be awarded in cooperation with the Secular Student Alliance to a student who embodies the humanist values of reason, social justice, inclusion, and community.
The scholarship will be awarded to a New Jersey student who is enrolled or enrolling in an accredited four-year college, community college, or trade school in New Jersey in the fall of 2023.
Each year, the Secular Student Alliance offers scholarship opportunities to students who exemplify its mission by proudly expressing their secular identities, building welcoming and inclusive communities, and promoting strong secular values. The scholarships support students who, in addition to pursuing excellence in their academic studies, are activists for secular values on their campus and/or in their community.
“The NJHN welcomes the opportunity to support a student leader who is working to promote social justice, fight for marginalized communities, and build a better world through their activism,” said NJHN President Lisa Ridge.
NJHN is sponsoring the scholarship, which will be awarded by the Secular Student Alliance. The alliance is the only national organization dedicated to atheist, humanist, and other nontheist students.
Students can learn more about the Secular Student Alliance and its scholarship process and apply at https://secularstudents.org/scholarships. The application deadline is July 31, 2023.
Founded in 1994, NJHN is a secular humanist community that embraces a nontheistic philosophy emphasizing human reason, ethics, and social justice. We are committed to the application of reason and science to the understanding of the universe and to the solving of problems through our compassion, common experience and civic engagement. Learn more about NJHN at https://njhn.org.
UPDATE 3/19/23: The fundraiser for our first Secular Student Scholarship has been a complete success! With contributions from more than a dozen donors, in less than a month we easily raised the $1,000 for our 2023 scholarship, and already have an additional $121 toward next year’s. Thank you to all who helped make our Scholarship Campaign a success!
We will soon update this page with information about the Secular Student Alliance’s 2023 Scholarship announcement and application process, so check back after April 1.
We will start our 2024 campaign early next year!
We are excited to announce our new campaign: a Secular Student Scholarship!
In cooperation with the Secular Student Alliance (SSA), NJHN will sponsor a $1,000 scholarship to be awarded to a student who is enrolled or enrolling in an accredited four-year college, community college, or trade school in New Jersey in the fall of 2023.
Today we are launching a fundraising campaign for this scholarship, and we need your help.
Every year, the SSA offers scholarship opportunities to students who will exemplify the SSA mission by proudly expressing their secular identities, building welcoming and inclusive communities, and promoting strong secular values.
The SSA will handle the application process, set deadlines, confirm students’ school status, and perform reference checks. Once the application process closes, SSA will forward qualifying applications to the NJHN Scholarship Committee–without self-identifiers–and we will choose the scholarship recipient. The scholarship funds will be distributed in the fall and, with the student’s permission, we hope to acknowledge our recipient at that time.
Since this is our initial year, our goal is to raise $1,000 from our members, donors, and supporters to fund our 2023 scholarship. If we are fortunate enough to raise more than our $1,000 goal—the SSA’s minimum requirement—we will either award an additional scholarship or reserve the additional funds for the next year’s scholarship. With established funding, we hope to be able to make this an annual offering.
Please visit the SSA Scholarship page for more information and for potential applicants to submit an Interest Form.
We will accept donations through March 14. You can contribute via PayPal or debit/credit card by clicking the Donate button below [now closed].
To donate by check, make it payable to: New Jersey Humanist Network and mail to: P.O. Box 5521, Somerset, NJ 08875-5521.
Thank you for supporting our New Jersey secular students!
New Jersey Humanist Network is organized and operated not for pecuniary profit but exclusively for educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law. Our tax EIN is 22-3661045.