Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty is pleased to announce the Essay Scholarship Contest, for all high school students in the graduating classes of 2017 and 2018 with no GPA requirement. The contest engages high school students in church-state issues by directing them to express a point of view on a religious liberty topic. The contest demonstrates critical thinking, using appropriate examples, reasons, and other evidence to support position. Grand Prize, second prize, and third prize winner will receive $2,000, $1,000, $500 respectively.

The Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty is a leading voice in Washington, D.C., fighting to uphold the historic Baptist principle of religious freedom.


  • The contest is open to all high school students in the graduating classes of 2017 and 2018.
  • There are no requirements regarding GPA, faith, after-school activities or clubs.

How to Apply:

  • For apply Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest, the applicant must complete the registration form and essay adviser form. Link to download the application form is:
  • Candidates must write an essay between 800-1,200 words. The essay topic is: discuss whether a religious test should be conducted as a part of the United States’ immigration and refugee policies.

Essay Requirements:

  • Submitted essays should be in 12-point type, double-spaced and single-sided. To ensure fairness, your name (or any other identifying information) should not appear on any page of the essay.
  • Essays must have a title at the top of the first page of the essay (do not use a title page).
  • Essays must be between 800-1,200 words, not counting the title and bibliography. Please do not fold or staple your essay, you may use a paper clip.
  • Sources must be used, cited and credited in a bibliography, consistent with an accepted citation style. Wikipedia may not be used as a source.
  • Each essay must be accompanied by an essay adviser form, signed to verify the essay is the student’s original work.

Submitting Details:

Candidate should mail the complete application packet to the following address:

Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty

200 Maryland Ave. N.E.

Washington, D.C. 20002

Financial Aid and Award Money:

The awards are as follows:

  • Grand Prize: $2,000 and a trip for two to Washington, D.C.
  • Second Prize: $1,000
  • Third Prize: $500

Application Deadline:

Applications for the scholarship are due on March 10, 2017.

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