Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Congratulations First in the Family Humanist Scholars!
Scholars Phillip Aubrey, Victory Yates, Jamion Allen and Hugo Cervantes (not pictured)
Earlier this year, Black Skeptics Los Angeles (BSLA) spearheaded its First in the Family Humanist Scholarship initiative, which focuses on providing resources to undocumented, foster care, homeless and LGBTQ youth who will be the first in their families to go to college. Responding directly to the school-to-prison pipeline crisis in communities of color, BSLA is the first atheist organization to specifically address college pipelining for youth of color with an explicitly anti-racist multicultural emphasis. If current prison pipelining trends persist the Education Trust estimates that only “one of every 20 African American kindergartners will graduate from a four-year California university” in the next decade.
We received applications from outstanding South Los Angeles students who are challenging racism, sexism, homophobia and injustice in their schools and communities. Thanks to generous support from the secular community* and beyond, our winning 2013 applicants below will receive $1000 scholarships to assist with their tuition, room/board, books and other academic resources. Our scholars will receive their awards on July 13th in Los Angeles. Due to this year's success, BSLA is partnering with other secular organizations to make the scholarship initiative a national effort.
As part of their essay requirement for the scholarship, applicants were asked to talk about how Humanism related to social justice activism: