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California Freethought Day

Student Haiku Scholarship

$1000 High School and College Haiku Scholarship

Winning Entries

Congratulations to the winning entries for this year's contest.

@sailoralfonzo Enlightened and free,
No more shadows on the wall.
Vacate Plato's cave.
@anthony25569534 Planet needs our help
The facts are undisputed
We are left to rot
@jessiezne Our world is different
From lawmakers’; they neglect,
So my voice matters
@nicolepurbaa Stop Asian hatred.
We’re screaming, crying, bleeding.
Justice for the hurt.
@sailora17 From facts follow truths.
Subjugate the subjective.
Pursue our science.
@suz90690849 Sojourns the free mind
To blaze new trails undefiled
To new hope and peace
@XavierG888 Silenced the hatred
Professes the bright future
Breathing with no fear

About our 2021 Haiku Scholarship

We are offering ten $100 scholarships to US high school and college students inspired to reflect on our Core Values in the form of a haiku.

For details about our other scholarship, the Essay Contest, click here.

Educators: Download our flyer for your classroom!

California Freethought Day believes that secular rights, science, and the First Amendment should be celebrated, and wants to support students as they further their education.

To further that goal, we've launched a Twitter and TikTok scholarship contest for high school and college students anywhere in the United States.

We’re giving away $100 to our ten favorite tweets and videos that answer this prompt in the form of a haiku:

How can science, activism, social justice, secularism, or freethought give you a brighter future?

To qualify, applicants must create a public tweet or video that answers the above question and share it on either Twitter or TikTok (or both), tagging both #FreethoughtDay and #ScholarshipHaiku. The entry must be in the form of a haiku. 

For Example:

More social justice.
Less hate and intolerance.
Reason is the way.

#FreethoughtDay #ScholarshipHaiku

Content must be shared by May 6, 2021 11:59 PM PST to qualify. Applicants may offer up to ten entries on both social networks, but may only win once.

Who are we Looking for?

To be eligible, an applicant must:

If this sounds like you, you should apply.


Shortly after the deadline, members of the California Freethought Day Scholarship Committee will review the submissions. We’ll select the scholarship winners based on the originality, creativity, and quality of the submitted work.


We’ll notify the winner by the last day of May.

The winner, and their family, will be invited (but not required) to attend California Freethought Day in October, held in Sacramento.  

If our live event cannot take place, and we premiere an online-only video event instead, we will ask the winner to record a video reciting their winning work.

Additional Rules and Conditions

In addition to the text above, the following rules and conditions apply.

All rules and policies from our Code of Conduct and Privacy page. Applicants may opt-in to email communications if they desire.

Current Board members, Committee members, and agents of California Freethought Day and their immediate family members (defined as spouse, parents, siblings, and children) are not eligible to win.

Limit ten (10) submissions per person.

Responses that are obscene, pornographic, defamatory, or otherwise objectionable will be disqualified.

All applications and submissions become the property of California Freethought Day and will not be returned.

California Freethought Day assumes no responsibility for lost, late, misdirected, or unintelligible entries.

All submissions must consist of original material.

Should the winner decide to attend any California Freethought Day event, the winner will be responsible for travel and lodging expenses and must abide by our Code of Conduct.

The winner will receive a check to be used toward their postsecondary education expenses.

The judges’ decision is final.

By submitting an application and submission, applicant (or, if a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian) agrees that California Freethought Day may, without any limitation or further compensation or notice, use his or her name, voice and/or likeness in any and all media, worldwide, for the purpose of advertising and promoting the website, California Freethought Day, the scholarship program, or any other promotion, contest, or sweepstakes of California Freethought Day.

The name of the scholarship prize recipient and their winning submission may be posted on any or all of California Freethought Day’s websites and social media channels.

By submitting an application and submission, applicant (or, if a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian) grants to California Freethought Day a worldwide perpetual non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, distribute and exploit the material submitted, including the worldwide copyright and any extensions, renewals, revivals, reversions and restorations thereof, for any educational, promotional, or other purpose. Applicant further agrees that California Freethought Day and its designees may edit and modify the submission and all elements of it in any and all media now known or not currently known, throughout the world in perpetuity without compensation, permission, or notification to applicant or any third party. Notwithstanding the foregoing, applicant shall be entitled to terminate the license granted to California Freethought Day hereunder upon written notice to California Freethought Day after a period of five years from the date applicant submits the application and submission.

Each person who enters this scholarship program represents and warrants to California Freethought Day as follows: (i) the application and submission, including any written content, are the applicant’s own original, previously unpublished, and previously unproduced work; (ii) the application and submission, including any written content, neither infringes upon nor violates the intellectual property rights or other rights of any other person or entity; (iii) the application and submission, including any written content, does not and will not violate any applicable laws, and meets the official rules set forth herein. Each applicant hereby agrees to indemnify and hold California Freethought Day harmless from and against any and all third party claims, actions, or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses relating to or arising out of any breach or alleged breach of any of the warranties, representations or agreements of applicant hereunder.

California Freethought Day shall have no obligation (express or implied) to use any winning submission, or to otherwise exploit a winning submission or continue the development, production, distribution, or exploitation thereof, and California Freethought Day may at any time abandon the use of the winning submission for any reason, with or without legal justification or excuse, and the scholarship prize recipients shall not be entitled to any damages or other relief by reason thereof.

By submitting, you fully and unconditionally accept and agree to these official rules and the decisions of California Freethought Day, which are final and binding.

For More Information, Contact, and Questions

Questions regarding the scholarship can be directed to


We would like to recognize Scholarship Impact for their assistance with this scholarship.