In another episode of “Wetin Musa No Go See for Gate”, the Satanic temple wants to help high school graduates pursue higher education with its “Devil’s Advocate Scholarship.”
To apply, interested applicants are asked to submit a creative response in the form of an essay, poem, work of art or film answering one of two questions.
One asks applicants to describe what they’ve done to promote the organization’s tenets and mission. The other asks them to describe a teacher who “crushed your spirit, undermined your self-confidence, and made you hate every minute you were forced to be in school.”
The organization, which fights for a separation between religion and pubic affairs, will sift through submissions from 2020 graduates and award two winners $500 in scholarship money.
The Satanic grant is an “opportunity to offer our own scholarship that reflects our values,” Malcolm Jarry, co-founder of The Satanic Temple, told CNN. Said values include “religious pluralism,” “benevolence and empathy,” the rejection of “tyrannical authority” and the protection of “free-thought,” according to the description on the group’s website.
Jarry was reportedly inspired to create the “Devil’s Advocate Scholarship” after a high-school student was denied a religious grant after asking him for a recommendation.
A student does not need to be a member of TST to apply for this scholarship. Applicants will only be judged on how their submission best exemplifies TST’s mission.
While this doesn’t necessarily affect us directly, Nigerians have begun to state their views. Some would rather not go to school if this was the only opportunity to do so, a few see this as the devil’s way of enlisting people in his allegedly large army.
Applications will be accepted until Aug. 31. Winners will be announced in September and their works will be displayed on the Satanic Temple’s website.