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Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship

Scholarship Deadline: March 10, 2017
Scholarship Value: $2,000
Number of Scholarships - 3


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.

2017 Contest

The topic for the 2017 contest is now available. Students are asked to write about the following:

The United States, along with many other countries, gives safe haven to refugees of war-torn countries. Many factors are taken into account when determining who is allowed to enter our borders. During the 2016 presidential campaign, there was discussion around the idea of denying entrance to some immigrants and refugees based on their religion.

In an essay, discuss whether a religious test should be conducted as a part of the United States' immigration and refugee policies.

Explore the intersection, if any, between the proposed test and the two religion clauses in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. Be sure to identify the implications for religious liberty of all citizens in your answer.