Florida Humanist Association Scholarships
The FHA, through the Secular Student Alliance, offers two $1000 scholarships to full-time, undergraduate students in Florida each year. Winning students receive an all-inclusive trip to FREEFLO.
"Secular Student Alliance scholarships are intended to further empower recipients to participate in secular activism during their academic career. We are interested in students with creative activism plans, ambitious goals, or compelling stories.
So what do we mean by 'activism'? To us, activism is any activity that promotes secular values and normalizes secular identity through structured organizing. While activism can include large-scale projects like spreading the word on social issues, education issues, community building, and similar projects, it can also consist of more personal actions like being visibly secular within your community and campus. These actions have an impact, and so we want to encourage this activism!"
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2016 SSA scholarship recipients who live in Florida
As an ex-Muslim, Samreena Farooqui faced isolation because of her atheism to a degree that even many other SSA students might not have. She had trouble finding people who could identify with her current experience and her past experiences. The SSA gave her a space to change that. As a former officer at the SSA at Florida State University, she worked with the national organization to find the tools and materials she needed to build the community she and others like her needed, like organizing the Southeast Regional Student conference.
She is also active with the Planned Parenthood Generation Action group on her campus. Her activism includes testifying in front of the state senate to oppose a bill that would defund Planned Parenthood, organizing a “Condom Crawl” to pass out condoms to tailgaters before a football game, and organizing the Take No More Fest, which helps fund local organizations like the Oasis Center for Women and Girls and the Trans Liberation Front.
Our final scholarship winner is Adam Manno who won the $1,000 scholarship provided by Humanists of Sarasota Bay. In addition to being a secular activist Adam is very active in the LGBTQ community. He recently won the Pride Gives Back award from Orlando PRIDE.
Another of his passions is writing. He writes for his student newspaper as well as for Watermark, a local LGBTQ publication.
He told us "The important thing for me is being able to use my background as a member of SSA to cover issues from a perspective not often seen in the media. That perspective is based on the crossroads of my existence. Between being a secular LGBTQ student and being a second generation Hispanic-American, a lot of hot-button issues in today's society impact me."