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New Scholarship for Secular Humanists


College of Charleston Mathematics Professor Dr. Herb Silverman has contributed funds to establish an endowed student scholarship at the school. Dr. Silverman, who has taught at the College of Charleston since 1976, has created the Silverman Secular Humanist Scholarship to recognize and encourage students who are secular humanists.

“Secular humanism encourages critical thinking,” said Silverman, “and an academic institution like the College of Charleston is a most appropriate place for young people to continue to develop that habit.”

Students may apply for the Silverman Scholarship on the basis of academic merit and financial need. They must also demonstrate an interest in ethical and moral behavior, not on the basis of a religious system of reward and punishment, but from a rational humanist point of view. A faculty committee will select the recipient. The scholarship is renewable provided the recipient maintains a 3.0 or higher grade point average, full time student status, and continues to consider him/herself a secular humanist.

Applications can be obtained from the College’s Admissions and Financial Assistance offices and from Dr. Hugh Wilder, Chair, Department of Philosophy. Dr Wilder may be reached at (843) 953-5686 or wilderh. You may write to these offices at the College of Charleston, 66 George St., Charleston, SC 29424. The process of evaluating applicants for the next school year will begin on April 1.


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