The Devil’s
Advocate Scholarship

About

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.

2021 Submission Prompts

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.

Grade in 2021-2022 School Year
Prompt
Elementary School Student (K-5)
What do you hate most about school?
Middle and High School Student (6-12)
What creative or constructive things would you have accomplished if you hadn't been forced to go to school?
2021 High School Graduates and Higher Education Student (including adult learners)
How did compulsory schooling inhibit you from achieving your potential?
Submission Guidelines
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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.

  • Written Category: essays, poems, short stories, open letters
  • Audio/Visual Category: drawings, paintings, short films, songs

Rules

  • Written works should not exceed 350 words in length.
  • Film projects and recordings should not exceed 3 minutes in length.
  • A high-quality photo of any physical art piece will be accepted.
  • Only one submission per applicant will be accepted.
  • All work must be original and the sole creation of the person submitting.
Eligibility
  • With certain tax restraints that the IRS places on nonprofit scholarship programs, all applicants must be permanent residents of the United States.
  • One does not have to be a member of TST to apply.
  • One should consider what grade they will be in the 2021-2022 school year to determine for which educational level category they are eligible to send a submission.
  • Elementary school submissions are Kindergarten through 5th grade, and the middle and high school submissions are 6th through 12th grade. In the last category, 2021 High School Graduates (regardless of their future plans), current higher education students, and adult learners going back to school are eligible to apply for this category.
Dates for Submission

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.

Winning Submissions

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.

Contact Us

The Satanic Temple
64 Bridge St.
Salem, MA 01970
scholarship@thesatanictemple.com

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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