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Scholarship 2019

Registration page for the 2019 M.A.S.S. Secular Scholarships

M.A.S.S. 2019 Secular Scholarships

The 2019 Secular/Critical Thinking Scholarships offered by the Missoula Area Secular Society will award two $1000 scholarships to residents of Missoula county based on essays written about one of the topics below. This competition is open to all graduating high school students and college students working on their bachelors degree. One application per person, each applicant can only be awarded one scholarship. Winners from previous years are not eligible.


All entries must be received by April 31th, 2019. 

Please choose one of the topics below for your essay of 500-750 words.

(1) Do you know several members of a culture different from your own? To what degree and in what ways are the two cultures similar? How are they different?

(2) How do changes in laws pertaining to regulation of federal lands affect individual citizens of Montana; how would the same changes affect Montana businesses?  Give examples to illustrate your stance on the issue.

(3) What would be the pros and cons of requiring churches and other religious organizations to pay property taxes?  Provide examples to support reasoning.

Criteria used for evaluation: the essays will be ranked based on how well they address the topic of choice. 

Decisions will be made by May 31st 2019 and scholarship recipients notified then.   

UPDATE: The two winning essays have been chosen.  Congratulations M. Simpson and J. Young!  Thanks to everyone for all your thoughtful and well-written essays, it was a difficult choice. 


Applicant Information

Graduating high school students and accepted college students who wish to apply for the scholarship please fill in the fields on the right.  Be sure to provide a valid email address as this will be how the winners are notified. 

Copy and paste your essay into the text box at the bottom after selecting the essay topic to which it applies. 


Good luck!!


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