The deadline for the 2023 contest has now passed. Winners will be announced in late summer.
Essays are judged on the depth of their content, mastery of the topic and the skill with which they are written.
“I entered because it seemed like a very special type of scholarship. Most are more about what you are going to do with the money and more basic questions. This one asked something that sort of related to me, and I felt like I could share my voice and opinion.”
2017 Essay Contest Winner
Bethany A. Crist
Essay title: “Freedom in Both Life and Death”
In her essay titled “Freedom in Both Life and Death,” Bethany reviewed the First Amendment protections and the standards of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, applying them to recent cases to illustrate how prisoners do not lose their right to religious exercise absent a compelling governmental interest.
“Religion is important for people both in life and in death, so giving prisoners the peace they need at the end of their life is a basic freedom that I believe the Founding Fathers would have understood. … The United States has worked hard to ensure our rights are protected. If our nation has fought and died for us to live with our rights, why should we not let prisoners die with their rights as well?”
Essay title: “Defending the Condemned”
Caleb Asher McWhorter
Essay Title: “The Transition Between the Living and the Dead”