The Andy Scott Broke-Ass Scholarship

Superfan Andy Scott has decided, in his bountiful generosity, to sponsor 10 broke-asses who wish to become members of TGA. That’s good news for anyone that’s struggling to make ends meet, or who doesn’t have any means of actually becoming a patron (the economy sucks, trust me I know).

If you want to become on of those being sponsored, then please leave a comment as to why you should be a recipient. I won’t actually be choosing who gets it, so feel free to flatter him as much as you want, even if you don’t know anything about him. If that doesn’t work, I might suggest explaining why you think you merit this awesome freebie.

Good luck guys and girls. I look forward to counting 10 more of you as members!

Comments (28)

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    Roki B

    Because I’m a broke post-college dude who just passed the NCLEX-RN examination, and it cost me 350 bucks for the opportunity to possibly fail a test that would invalidate four years of college. I’ve slowly been getting into blogging but I’ve been an atheist since i was 13 and *still* decided to dedicate my life to the betterment of others at the expense of a more lucrative career. Cause I like people.

    Also I had to put up with glen beck acolytes in school. And I don’t have a job cause the economy sucks and nobody is hiring new graduates, just experienced nurses.

    In conclusion I believe this chart of the times of the day I read The Good Atheist as calculated by Google Reader will illustrate my need for more content in the hours when most normal people are asleep. http://img152.imageshack.us/img152/5084/chartlw.png

    WELP.

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    David

    I work full time as an orthotic and prosthetic technician and go to school full time at Northwestern University trying to get my certification in prosthetics. All of my money and time goes to my future and my passion. I love science and reserch and hope to spread all of this great genius information to as many as possible.

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    Sterling

    All I can really say is that I’m 16 and my family is religious. When asked what $20 is being used for on paypal, it wouldn’t end too well. My reasons may not be as intense as far as money availability is concerned, but I’m still stuck between a rock and a hard place. I love the show and check the website daily. I just have a very low tolerance level for stupid bullshit and that’s all. The podcast helps when I’m on the edge of exploding in rage over very simple things that happen every day. The ways religion seems to effortlessly poison the world pisses me off and TGA is a source of comfort in a way. Thank you for reading.

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    Kyle Nicholas

    Give one to Sterling! I was going to come on here and beg because I just found out that my laptop motherboard was found DOA but the data is safe but it’ll cost me about $90 to retrieve and I get less than $700 a month to live off of in God-fearing United States of America… but I see people who need it far more than I do. I promise I’ll pay to become a member. It just might take me a bit longer. Every month of this fucking year I’ve had some major expense crop up (and on my budget, even $50 US is a major expense) and I can see no end to this. Definitely give one to Sterling.

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    Brennan

    This is not meant to be an explanation or entry.

    Andy Scott, thank you for making an individual contribution to the TGA community.

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    Andy Scott

    Happy to help.

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    Tercero

    Because Im spanish and that makes me awesome? :/

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    Jacob Fortin

    Kyle, you magnificent bastard. How can you be so selfless when there is no sky-daddy to dictate your morality? I is confused! :P

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    Sterling

    1. Thank you, Kyle, for feeling that way. I truly appreciate it. 2. Isn’t it just completely, fucking awesome when someone puts aside $200 to help people they don’t know get just a little bit more of that verbal crack that they love so much. Ijust love it when I see people do amazing things without religion being involved. Andy Scott, you are a true incredulous, godless, non-believing, unsaved, blasphemer, heretic, scandalous, demonic, over educated, hell-bound, free-thinking hero. If that’s not flattering, then I don’t know what is. :)

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    Andy Scott

    Don’t forget unbelievably handsome. :P

  • avatar

    MightyFooda

    Just wanted to say “well done Andy!” Also, I agree that you should give it to Sterling.

  • avatar

    Jacob Fortin

    ^ I’d say the community has spoken, am i right?

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    Andy Scott

    Indeed they have.

    To Sterling one goes.

  • avatar

    Goldenarms

    I just want to know if you talked about the Ghost Plane Theory and the $100,000 reward for original video footage of the towers being hit by a plane. Hook it up brohan

  • avatar

    Sterling

    I would first like to thank Jesus for giving me the strength to be a begging asshole. (Seriously though, you’re awesome.)

  • avatar

    Andy Scott

    Glad I could help, mate.

    Now I just need to assign nine more. :)

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    Will Rodbourne

    I would love a subscription to the bonus shows – just one podcast a week with all the driving I do just isn’t enough! I’ve listened to every single free episode available (except for the latest two – I’m saving them up for some big, long driving I have to do next week!)

    Then there’s all the usual “I’m jobless and poor” crap as well! =D

    My heart totally went out to Sterling and his predicament though and I was glad to see others supporting him in their comments and then I get to the end of the comments to find out that Sterling wins! \o/
    There truly is a god! ;D

    Finally, many thanks to Andy Scott for his generosity and even if I don’t get a subscription then at the very least he’s supporting Jake’s hard work and i still get to listen to the free shows!

    Peace and love everybody.

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    Ashley

    Being a loving daughter I agreed to attend my Niece and Nephew’s church Christmas pageant with my Dad. Two days later, I made a comment about a football player getting down on one knee after scoring a touchdown. A few days later, this happened:
    “I appreciate the great gifts that you all gave me very much. I appreciate most of all that you all joined in going to the Christmas Program at church. I know at this point in your lives that you really didn’t want to be there for anything except the program.

    I’m not sure when or why everyone became “anti-religion” but I hope you’ll keep an open mind on things.My faith is very important to me and my hope is that one day it will be part of your lives too. I wish I had figured things out earlier.”

    Yeah, I knew it was coming (my siblings and I became “anti-religion” *uhhh* more almost 15 years ago), so I guess now was as good a time as any.
    So, I said this:

    “It was a really lovely Christmas, indeed! The program was really cute and we all had a lot of fun watching the kids! I can’t speak for everyone, but I can assure you that my unyielding love and respect for science and the scientific method are equally as strong as your faith in Christianity. I’m a very thoughtful person and I don’t believe that my ‘morals’ are in any way weak or corrupt. It does hurt my feelings that you equate morality with religious affiliation. It is important to recognize that only about 2.5 percent of prison inmates are atheist, and that there are almost zero child molesters/abusers who are atheist. Through my understanding of science in regards to biology/anthropology, I base my life’s decisions on my personal enjoyment of my time in the world, and how my choices will benefit others. I promise you that the only way I will ever return to any organized religious group is if I am provided sufficient empirical evidence to support the claims made by followers/leaders of the group.”

    Anyway, as a broke college student working on documentary/docudrama proposals focused on Ghana, I think you should sponsor me. Also, I’m pretty. Hahaha

    Peace!

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    Ashley

    “more almost” = “almost” yikes.

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    Jacob Fortin

    ^ Sterling has been upgraded in what appears to be the first in what I hope are many strong community agreements!

  • avatar

    Will Rodbourne

    Atheists agreeing?

    I’m pretty sure that’s one of the harbingers of the Apocalypse…*runs off to check his Bible*

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    Andy Scott

    You check the Bible, I’ll check the Qur’an!

  • avatar

    Will Rodbourne

    Is it too late for it to be Ragnarok? Can somebody check the Eddas please?

  • avatar

    Andy Scott

    I have a copy of a book here with the words “Don’t Panic” on the back. I shall consult this.

  • avatar

    Will Rodbourne

    While you’re at it, see if you can book us a table at Milliways..

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    Goldenarms

    this really isnt that big of a deal anyway, the world is ending on May 21st people. bible math 101

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    Dayton

    Not trying to sound too pathetic (though, just enough to suit the needs of a podcast scholarship), but I’m a jobless immigrant in one of the wealthiest countries in the world: Norway.

    “But Norway is sooo godless”, you say. “Why do you need an atheist podcast?”

    Yes, your preliminary research is indeed correct. While Norway is in fact a Lutheran nation, a majority of the population does not attend church (except on Christmas Eve, confirmations, and baptisms – though the latter two are on the decline). Alas, my hunger for the podcast is actually more of desire for virtual companionship in a land without atheist clubs, podcasts or other forms of community. Sure, Norway has the largest Humanist organization in Europe, but they don’t have a podcast! (And most people there only joined to stop paying a small tax to the Lutheran church.)

    I’ve always been the kind of non-theist who doesn’t question the role of religion in the world or the extraordinary claims put forth by religious institutions. That changed a year ago when I stumbled upon TGA as I was trying to find talk radio to listen to when I ran. I’ve been glued to the show ever since and keep telling myself I’ll upgrade to a membership as soon as I get a job…as soon as I get a job…job? (Note to the reader: Try becoming fluent in Norwegian BEFORE you move to Norway. English alone just doesn’t cut the mustard over here.)

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    Dan

    I was raised as a good little christian by a baptist mother and a catholic father. How that happens I have no idea. The product however was a lifetime of family turmoil, hatred, and just plain bad table manners at family gatherings. For the most part nobody completely gets along in my family. This is nearly entirely due to religion.
    Being the type of guy that has to question everything probably has a lot to do with why I decided to get my engineering degree. It probably also explains why I always had my doubts about Christianity. However it wasn’t until I was in my early twenties that I realized that not only is stupid and nothing nothing more than convenient way to convince people to do what you want and give you money. In addition, if god did exist, I’d probably try and kick his ass. I realize, I’d probably lose. After all, he is a god, and I’m a nerd; but I’d have to try after all the bullshit he’s put me through. As for why I need the money. Well, I’m a broke ass college student. It wasn’t until I paid my way through the first two years of community college that my folks decided maybe I’m serious about college and they should help out. Of course the family feud which has been going on for twenty something years, combined with the fact that my dad got in to his early 60′s and decided that even though he didn’t get hitched til he was in his thirties that he wanted to start chasing tail from my graduating class. (I’m not exaggerating). So, my dad is out of the picture and we are not exactly on speaking terms In fact I’d like to kick his ass as well. My mother is loosing her home because she can’t pay the morgage by herself. My wife and I are doing the best we can but she’s got a daughter with a dead beat father who adds to the complication. He can pay his rent and then some with the amount of child support we give him. As for other holes in my life which money seems to leak from are stupid city wage taxes; $150 in gas/week; My GPA slipped down to 2.96 this year after a horrible semester of taking too many courses while working to supplement income. I have stacks of bills, child support and Tickets! Lots of Tickets because I live in Philadelphia and the police love their parking tickets. I’m trying to sell everything I own and looking in to loans are that are going to put us in debt until I’m 50. The bitch of it is that at this point I’m to deep to drop out because I wouldn’t stand a chance in hell of paying back my debt without an engineers salary. So yes! I need your money. Gimmee!

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