The Devil’s
Advocate Scholarship


The mission of The Satanic Temple (TST) is to encourage benevolence and empathy, reject tyrannical authority, advocate common sense, oppose injustice, and undertake noble pursuits. Our efforts have involved championing religious pluralism, protecting free-thought, and ensuring the fundamental rights of our members are protected.

The Satanic Temple advocates the protection of bodily autonomy and the pursuit of knowledge. TST views intellectual exploration as a critical component of individual fulfillment. Often, however, people confuse learning with schooling. While learning involves a self-directed approach to better one's understanding of things, schooling involves the imposition of an oppressive hierarchical structure that demands obedience to authority first and foremost and determines what knowledge should be disseminated and how it should be imparted. Compulsory schooling violates the fundamental civil rights of the children who are forced to attend. Schooling requires that students endure chronic stress along with a profound degree of tedium and boredom such that empathy is diminished, and depression and anxiety often ensue.

The Satanic Temple is proud to announce its scholarship that awards students who champion individualism, free-thought, empathy, and other noble aspects of The Satanic Temple's mission to better society as they pursue higher education.

Submission Prompts and Requirements

To apply for the scholarship, applicants must answer either question:

  • What initiatives have you undertaken that are consistent with TST's tenets and mission?
  • Please discuss and describe in detail any one of the teachers who crushed your spirit, undermined your self-confidence, and made you hate every minute you were forced to be in school.
  • Applicants must be 2020 high school graduates.

Only one submission per applicant will be accepted.

Submissions can be in any reasonable form. Suggestions for submission formats include, but are not limited to, an essay, a poem, a work of art, a film project, or another creative expression.

As a guideline:

  • Written works should not exceed 650 words in length.
  • Film projects and recordings should not exceed 4 minutes in length.
  • A high-quality photo of any physical art piece will be accepted.
  • All work must be original and the sole creation of the person submitting.
Dates for Submission

Applications for this scholarship will be accepted from July 20, 2020, at 12 PM EDT until August 31, 2020, at 11:59 PM EDT. Applications submitted after this specified date will not be considered.

Winning Submissions

One applicant for each category will be chosen as the winner by TST's Scholarship Committee.

One does not have to be a member of The Satanic Temple to apply for this scholarship. The applicant will only be judged on how their submission best exemplifies the mission of The Satanic Temple and the prompt they chose to answer.

Winners will be announced on September 15, 2020, at 6 PM EDT. All submissions become the property of The Satanic Temple. While The Satanic Temple will do its best to protect the anonymity of every applicant, any and all submissions may, at TST’s discretion, be published on TST's website, TST’s social media accounts, TST’s press releases, and any other medium published by TST directly or indirectly.

Two winners will be awarded $500 to be used for funding their higher education or any other education pursuit.

  • One does not have to be a member of The Satanic Temple to apply.
  • Applicants must have graduated from 12th grade (at high school, home school, or alternate form of school, etc.) in 2020.
  • Applicants must be a permanent resident of the United States.
Contact Us

The Satanic Temple
64 Bridge St.
Salem, MA 01970
(857) 523-2200

If you need further information, only emails will be accepted. Questions about eligibility will not be considered. See above for eligibility requirements.

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