Here are some general points to help YOU put your best foot forward when applying to the
ACLU’s Youth Activist Scholarship.
**Applications are due to the NYCLU office on Monday, November 16, 2009**
TO QUALIFY, YOU MUST:
; Have demonstrated a strong commitment to civil liberties through some form of activism
; Be a high school senior planning on entering an accredited college or university as a full-
time, degree-seeking student
; Have attained a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of graduation
; Not be a current ACLU plaintiff or witness in a legal case
; Applicants will be judged on the following standards (in order of importance):
o The strength and depth of your contributions to civil liberties
o Your demonstrated leadership
o The likelihood of your continuing commitment to civil liberties in the future
o Your commitment to academic excellence
o Your demonstrated financial need
; Winners will be announced in February 2010
; The application form includes:
o 1,000-word personal statement about your civil liberties activism.
o A recommendation form to be completed by an adult leader in your school or
community that attests to your commitment as an activist and civil libertarian
(This reference cannot be a family member).
o You will be required to submit your most up-to-date high school transcript to
demonstrate that you meet the GPA requirement.
; Applications are due to the NYCLU office on Monday, November 16, 2009.
ESSAYS COULD ADDRESS QUESTIONS SUCH AS:
; What does being a civil liberties activist mean to you?
; Why do you think it’s important for you to take action to preserve your civil liberties?
; What have you done to demonstrate that you are a civil liberties activist?
; How did you show leadership in your actions?
; What challenges did you have to overcome?
; How will you continue your commitment to civil liberties in college?
ABOUT THE SCHOLARHIP:
; 15 scholarship winners will each receive $7,000 toward their first year of college
; Winners will become part of an elite class of scholar-activists who will be invited to
participate in the Youth Activist Institute at the National ACLU office in New York City
o The YAI is a several-day event in the summer of 2010
o Winners will learn more about the ACLU and its work, and they will be trained
on how to be grassroots activists and leaders on their campuses
American Civil Liberties Union Foundation 2010 Youth Activist Scholarship Program