Each year, the Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest engages high school students in church-state issues by offering them the opportunity to write about a religious liberty topic. Essays are judged on the depth of their content, the mastery of the topic, and the skill with which they are written. Students should develop a point of view on the issue and demonstrate critical thinking, using appropriate examples, reasons and other evidence to support their position. The Religious Liberty Council of the Baptist Joint Committee sponsors this contest every year.
Who is eligible to apply for the Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest?
The contest is open to all high school students in the graduating classes of 2020 and 2021. There are no other requirements regarding GPA, faith, after-school activities, or clubs.
Essay contest topic for 2020:
Students should write an 800 to 1200 word essay responding to the following prompt:
Write a letter to your state representative, encouraging them to adopt or oppose legislation mandating the prominent placement of “In God We Trust” in public schools.
Since this is an essay contest, your most impressive writing is required. Make sure that you answer the prompt and support your response with examples. Before you do that though, write an engaging introduction that captures the reader’s interest. Wrap up your essay with a “wow” closing that leaves the reader in awe. Finally, don’t forget to proofread for grammar and punctuation before you hit that “submit” button! Applicants also need an essay advisor, so check out the website for details.
How much is the Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest worth?
The grand prize is $2,000 and a trip for two to Washington, D.C. The second prize is $1,000, and third prize is $500.
When is the application due date?
Make sure that your essay package is postmarked by March 6, 2020.
Click here for a printable flyer about the contest.
Best of luck to all who apply!