The Cornelius Vander Broek Essay Contest for Graduate/"Older" Students is open to any graduate students through age 30, or to undergraduate students ages 25-30 who attend a North American college or university. You remain eligible to enter this contest if you will graduate by spring or summer of the current year. Winners may be asked to send verification of student enrollment. You may not re-enter this contest if you have already been awarded this scholarship.
- Open to graduate students up to age 30 and undergraduates ages 25-30
- Applicants should be enrolled in a North American college or university
- Previous scholarship recipients may not re-enter this contest
- Graduate or undergraduate student within the specified age range
- Applicants must be enrolled in a North American college or university
- Applicants graduating in the current year are eligible
- Prepare your essay addressing the provided topic.
- Follow formatting guidelines for your essay.
- Submit your essay as per the specified instructions.
- Winners may be required to provide proof of student enrollment.
The history of Western civilization shows us that most social and moral progress has been brought about by persons free from religion. In modern times the first to speak out for prison reform, for humane treatment of the mentally ill, for abolition of capital punishment, for women's right to vote, for death with dignity for the terminally ill, and for the right to choose contraception, sterilization and abortion have been freethinkers, just as they were the first to call for an end to slavery. The Freedom from Religion Foundation works as an umbrella for those who are free from religion and are committed to the cherished principle of separation of state and church.