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Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest

  • Maximum Amount
    $2,000
  • Application Deadline
    March 08, 2019
  • Number Of Awards
    3
  • Contact
    Charles Watson
    200 Maryland Ave., N.E.
    Washington, DC 20002
    cwatson@bjconline.org
  • Website Address
    https://bjconline.org/contest/
  • Scholarship Description
    The contest engages high school juniors and seniors in church-state issues by directing them to express a point of view on a religious liberty topic. To enter, students must write an 800-1,200 word essay responding to the following prompt: "Houses of worship play an important role in American culture, often addressing issues of public concern. The current tax code permits 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofits, including houses of worship, to be political but not partisan. These religious and secular charitable organizations enjoy favored tax-exempt status and may engage in advocacy to address any moral and/or political issues. They may not, however, tell people who to vote for or against. President Donald Trump supports eliminating what is referred to as the "Johnson Amendment," but most people of faith support the current law. In an essay, share whether you think the "Johnson Amendment" should remain. Your essay should review why we have the "Johnson Amendment" in our current law and how it affects houses of worship, religious organizations and other charitable nonprofits. Students should develop a point of view on the issue and demonstrate critical thinking, using appropriate examples, arguments and other evidence to support their position." The contest is open to all junior and senior high school students. There are no requirements regarding GPA, faith, after-school activities or clubs. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

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