A student at Summit High School in Spring Hill has earned a scholarship from an atheist group for dressing like Jesus Christ on the school's “fictional character day.”
Sophomore Jeff Shott was not disciplined for his action in January but was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the Freedom from Religion Foundation, according to a report in The Tennessean.
Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of the foundation, told the paper Shott exhibited “spunk and a light touch with his actions.”
“We wanted to encourage him, and we know the cost of higher education. This is just a small stipend towards that,” she said.
Established in 1978, the Freedom from Religion Foundation promotes the separation of state and church.
Last year, a student from Ohio who dressed as Jesus Christ for a similar costume day also received an award.
*The Tennessean contributed to this report.