We have reached our limit of 100 applications for 2024. We plan to award more scholarships in 2025; please check http://rationalists.org/scholarship in February 2025 for details

Rationalists of East Tennessee Secular Scholarship 2024

There are many scholarships available from religious organizations for students. In contrast, RET wishes to expand the educational opportunities of secular students in hopes of helping to develop future secular leadership. In 2024, RET will award scholarship(s) to students who are enrolled full time in accredited colleges or universities and who identify as secular.

The Rationalists of East Tennessee will award up to 10 scholarships of $2200 each. The use of the funds is not restricted (i.e. you can use the money for food and rent, not just for tuition and books).


Resident of U.S., Canada, or U.S. territories the at time of application.

Studying full-time at an accredited college or university in Fall 2024.

Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible.

Previous recipients are eligible to apply again.

Because the scholarship is unrestricted, it is taxable income. Winners will need to provide tax information to RET prior to disbursement.


Applications will be accepted from February 1 to May 1, 2024; the first 100 applications received will be considered.

Winners will be chosen by July 1, 2024.

Funds will be distributed once matriculation is verified.

Apply on-line at http://rationalists.org/scholarship.


Send an e-mail to scholarship[at]rationalists.org.

To apply, fill out an on-line application by clicking below.

You will see four screens while applying on-line.

On the first screen (Scholarship Application), just click the "Register" button.

On the second screen, enter your e-mail address, confirm that you are not a robot, and click on "Next".

On the third screen, fill out the form, and click on "choose files" to upload  files containing  essays on three of the six topics and any additional information you would like the Scholarship Committee to consider. Click on "Next".

On the fourth and final screen, review your submission, making any needed changes. Click on "Confirm" to submit  your application. You will receive an e-mail confirming your submission.


Privacy Policy:

RET will release the names and colleges of scholarship recipients. RET will never sell or share your contact information without permission.


Neither members of the RET Scholarship Committee and Board of Directors nor their family members are eligible.

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