Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship Contest


March 14, 2023

Awards Available: 3

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  • Religious freedom for prisoners in the United States is protected through the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). Subject to safety and security concerns, prisoners may engage in various religious practices during their incarceration. Sometimes prisoners on death row ask for a spiritual adviser to be present in the execution chamber before the government puts them to death. In an essay using the First Amendment and RLUIPA, discuss whether prisoners should have the right to have a religious adviser present in the execution chamber and what, if any, final religious practices a prisoner should be able to request. 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.

    To enter, you must submit your essay (between 800-1,200 words) online by March 14th. The contest is open to all high school juniors and seniors. The question and details for the contest can be found at the scholarship provider's website and the submission deadline is March 14th. The contest is open to all high school juniors and seniors. The grand prize is a $2000 scholarship. Prizes of $1000 and $500 are also available. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.
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