Salt Lake City Student Wins First ACLU Youth College Scholarship

April 20, 2000 12:00 am

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT — The American Civil Liberties Union today announced the winners of a nationwide student activist college scholarship competition, awarding eight high school students $4,000 each for outstanding contributions in the struggle for civil liberties and the rights of young people.

The first annual ACLU College Scholarship for Youth Activism Award was created to recognize the efforts of graduating seniors who have demonstrated a strong commitment to civil liberties and civil rights through some form of student activism.

diversity and freedom,” said Fox who has traveled across the country to speak to teachers, professors, administrators and citizens about sexual orientation harassment and how to support gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth. “Bigotry is still very much alive, but through education, everyone has the power to fight it.”

Student winners from California, Iowa, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Utah, and Massachusetts were selected based on the personal statements they wrote describing their reasons for becoming civil rights/liberties activists. Some students established civil liberties clubs at their high schools, while others participated in ACLU lawsuits, or fought discrimination and censorship.

“The next generation of civil libertarians will face new challenges as part of their ongoing defense of the Bill of Rights,” said Ira Glasser, executive director of the national ACLU. “This scholarship gives the ACLU an opportunity to recognize the bravery of these students and the inspiration they provide.”

The ACLU of Utah, which won the suit filed against the school district, said that even in the face of harassment and threats, Ivy’s commitment to fairness was unwavering.

“Thanks to Ivy and the fellow students she inspired, we were able to legally ensure that all students in the district, including gays and lesbians, will have fair and equal access to school-recognized student groups without fear of discrimination against gay-positive or other controversial viewpoints,” said ACLU of Utah Legal Director Stephen Clark. “I can state without hesitation that Ivy richly deserves recognition as a student committed to advancing civil rights.”

The ACLU college scholarship fund was made possible by a grant from an anonymous donor.

More information on Gay/Straight Alliances is available on the ACLU’s website at:
http://archive.aclu.org/news/n031998a.html
http://archive.aclu.org/news/1999/n111199a.html
http://archive.aclu.org/news/n081498b.html.

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