Scholarship

SRMA at UCF is proud to host the Secular Student Volunteerism Scholarship!

Members of the Secular Student Alliance at UCF who volunteer in our community, and whose philosophy of secular community engagement sets an example of excellence in service,  are eligible for an award and book scholarship.

This scholarship fund was started by members of our local community and a staff member at UCF to support the students and recognize SSA members who are making a positive difference in the community.

Help us build the fund

givenowVisit the UCF Foundation to make a contribution.  Under “designation” choose “Other” and use SDES000360, which is the scholarship fund account number. (or click here for a printable donation form)

Employees of UCF can contribute through payroll deduction.
Contact 407-882-1220, or pledge during the I Believe campaign held each February.

Awards

  • secondharvestspring14A Certificate of Community Impact will be awarded to each member who meets the eligibility requirements.
  • There will be both a first and second place monetary book scholarship award based on hours of volunteer service and the applicant’s statement on secular service.
  • Awards for Fall 2017:
    • $1000 first place
    • $500 second place

Eligibility

  • must be enrolled at UCF full time (12+ credit hours for undergraduate and 9+ for Graduate and Post Baccalaureate programs);
  • must be a member in good standing of the Secular Student Alliance at UCF;
  • At least 15 service hours must be documented, during the semester, at a 501(c)3 charitable organization and include a description (such as “sorted food donations” or “hosted registration table for cancer walk”).  Hours must be documented in KnightConnect.
  • Applicants will compose a brief statement (250-1000 words) on why it is important for Secular Americans to engage in volunteerism or on the experience of volunteering as a secular individual.
    • Essays may be shared by local Humanist blogs and by national organizations such as the Foundation Beyond Belief.
    • Author will have the option to remain anonymous in the public postings.
  • Even though this is intended as a book scholarship award, if a Senior wins the award in their final semester, they will still receive the award amount in cash.
  • Only one award per year per student (one year from award date).
  • Deadlines:  Students must submit applications by the last day of classes.  Winners will be notified promptly, and the award will be processed as soon as possible.
  • NOTE: Students who have a financial aid package should be aware that receipt of additional aid (such as any scholarship) may in some cases be applied to already received awards.  For example, a student with a full award package may have the amount applied to their loan rather than provided as a check. Students with questions about this should contact the office of Financial Assistance.

Selection process

A Scholarship Committee, which may include faculty, staff, students, and community members, will review applications and essays and determine by vote the first and second place winners.

LINKS FOR STUDENTS

Apply for the scholarship through https://ucf.academicworks.com/ (This scholarship will be listed at the beginning of Fall 2017).

Atheist Scholarships on CollegeScholarships.org

The below contact form goes directly to Tee.Rogers@ucf.edu.  You are welcome to email directly with questions or call 407-823-3094.

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