Forward Freethought scholarship winners
FFRF has awarded $20,000 in scholarships to five students, making this its third annual distribution of the Forward Freethought Tuition Relief Scholarships.
This year, the students were selected by Black Skeptics Los Angeles (BSLA), an African-American humanist-atheist community-based organization. Rather than the usual four student winners, BSLA chose five winners this year, with three of them earning $5,000 and two of them getting $2,500 each.
FFRF has previously partnered with BSLA in its annual “First in the Family” humanist scholarships for outstanding secular students of color.
BSLA is the first secular humanist atheist organization to specifically address college pipelining for youth of color through its ongoing scholarship, college and K-12 youth leadership partnerships. FFRF has proudly partnered with BSLA for eight years to provide tuition grants, gradually increasing the funding and number of scholarships.
The 2021 honorees
Here are the 2021 Forward Freethought Tuition Relief Scholarship winners, underwritten by FFRF, thanks to the generosity of FFRF benefactor Lance Bredvold, conducted in partnership with Black Skeptics Los Angeles, which chooses the recipients.
Natasha Herrera, UC-Irvine ($2,500)
Harini Pootheri, Cal Poly Pomona ($5,000)
Stephanie Avitia, UC-Berkeley ($2,500)
Bellen Padilla, Scripps College ($5,000)
Kaylin Nelson, University of Central Florida ($5,000)