Religious Liberty Essay Contest

Application Information

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Amount Awarded


Application Deadline

March 08

Awarded By

Baptist Joint Committee

Award Amount

The first-place winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C. to receive his/her award at the BJC board meeting. The trip includes reasonable travel and lodging expenses for contest winner and accompanying parent or guardian to attend the BJC board meeting. The second-place winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The third-place winner will receive a $250 scholarship. All scholarship awards are offered annually and are non-renewable.


Three awards offered annually.

Additional Information

The goals of the Religious Liberty Essay Contest are to engage high school students in church-state issues and to generate student interest from a diverse cross-section of Baptist Joint Committee supporting bodies. Entries will be judged on the depth of their content and the skill with which they are written. Students should demonstrate a sound knowledge of the subject matter and support their assertions. Essays should be free of grammatical errors and should be clear, concise, and well-organized. Judges reserve the right to present no awards or to reduce the number of awards if an insufficient number of deserving entries are received. Winners will be announced in summer and will be featured in the Baptist Joint Committee's 'Report from the Capital' newsletter.

Deadline Info

This is an essay contest. Details about the contest and registration forms are available on the Baptist Joint Committee (BJC) website. Essays must be 800 to 1,200 words and must be on the current ye ... sign up for full scholarship deadline information.

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