Deadline for 2021 Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest

Fri, 3/26/21
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The annual Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest is open to all high school juniors and seniors.

How to Apply

To enter, you must write an essay (between 800-1,200 words) responding to the following writing prompt and submit your essay online by March 26, 2021.

2021 Writing Prompt:

The United States has always been a religiously diverse nation. Over time, our elected leaders have begun to reflect this religious diversity. For example, Congress currently has members who are Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Jewish, and from no religious tradition.

Sometimes clergy or other religious leaders want to run for public office. Does a religious leader, such as a minister, rabbi, imam, priest, or any other clergy in a religious tradition, have the right to run for public office? What, if any, steps should a religious leader running for public office take to acknowledge the bedrock American principle of the separation of church and state?

Read additional details on the requirements and access the submission forms at

The contest is open to all high school juniors and seniors. The grand prize is a $2000 scholarship and trip for two to Washington, D.C.* Prizes of $1000 and $500 are also available.

For questions, contact BJC at [email protected]

*Note: Trip to D.C. contingent on having an in-person board meeting in October.