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.
TST is proud to host for the second year in a row our Devil’s Advocate Scholarship that awards students who champion individualism, free-thought, empathy, and other noble aspects of TST's mission to better society. We also have expanded our submission categories to encompass a wide variety of learners.
TST will award three scholarships. There are three eligibility tiers relating to your level of education along with two categories of media (written and audio/visual) in which you may choose to express your answer to the respective prompt.
Please see the following chart for your prompts.
Submissions must fall under the written category or the audio/visual category. The following are examples of the forms submissions may take, although applicants should use their judgement if their preferred form of creative submission is not explicitly stated to fall under one of these categories below.
Applications for this scholarship will be accepted from June 14, 2021, at 12 AM EDT until July 30, 2021, at 11:59 PM EDT. Applications submitted after this specified date will not be considered.
TST will be awarding three scholarships in accordance with the three educational tiers. One person per tier will receive a scholarship. Winners will be chosen by TST's Scholarship Committee. Each winner will be awarded $666.
One does not have to be a TST member in order to apply for this scholarship. Applicants will only be judged on how their submission exemplifies the TST’s mission and the prompt they were asked to answer.
Winners will be announced on August 15, 2021. While TST 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.
The Satanic Temple
64 Bridge St.
Salem, MA 01970
If you need further information, only emails will be accepted.
Questions about eligibility will not be considered. See above for eligibility requirements.