Announcing the Jerry Carpenter Memorial Scholarship

Jerry CarpenterIowa Atheists and Freethinkers(IAF) is proud to announce the Jerry Carpenter Memorial Scholarship! Iowa has a long history of social activism among its student body and IAF encourages this tradition of student engagement on behalf of atheism and secular ideals. In order to better facilitate atheist activism by students in Iowa, IAF has announced the Jerry Carpenter Memorial Scholarship for those students that focus on atheism, secular values, and the separation of church and state in their educational careers. IAF believes that when atheism, along with separation of church and state, are discussed openly and freely, this results in more religious liberty-not less.  By empowering young Iowans to speak out and provide a culture of open dialogue about seemingly difficult religious issues we open the door to a better understanding of what it means to be an atheist in Iowa and what this means for all Iowans in a public setting. This scholarship is designed to incentivize young Iowans to be open and forward with their atheism and to learn more about what the separation of church and state means for the non religious as well as the religious.

Those Iowa students that wish to ensure a more religiously free and open society are encouraged to participate in the Scholarship with a submission on the Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers website (  where additional application information can be found.


Jason Benell

Press Officer

Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers


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