Americans United Student Essay Contest
September 19, 2023
- Scholarship Description
AU’s annual essay contest encourages high school students to reflect on why religious freedom and the separation of religion and government are important to them and their communities—and what they can do to ensure religious freedom is used as a shield that protects, not a sword to harm others. AU’s annual essay contest encourages high school students to reflect on why religious freedom and the separation of religion and government are important to them and their communities.
The contest is open to high school juniors and seniors in the United States including the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. territories. Essay length should be between 750 and 1,000 words. Writing should be clear, creative, and proofread; demonstrate genuine grappling with the topic; and be the student’s original writing. Submissions should make persuasive arguments supported by specific examples and/or properly cited sources where appropriate. (Students may use their preferred citation or footnote style.) Essays can reference personal experiences, current events, legal cases, U.S. history, primary sources, and information from our website. Employees and board members of Americans United, and members of their families, are not eligible to participate. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider’s website.