Religious Liberty Essay Scholarship

Scholarship Value: $2,000
Awards Available: 4

The annual Religious Liberty Scholarship Contest engages high school students in church-state issues by directing them to express a point of view on a religious liberty topic.

We are accepting essay or video submissions for our 2024 contest, focusing on the connection between Christian nationalism and book bans. Scroll down for details. All entries are due March 15, 2024.

Entries are judged on the depth of their content, mastery of the topic and the skill with which they are written.

2024 Prompt for Essays or Videos

Submit an original essay OR an original TikTok-style video in response to the following by March 15:

Book bans are sweeping the United States, and they have significant implications for religious freedom. Attempts to censor books are often justified with religious appeals for why no one should read the book. The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom documented more demands to censor library books and resources in 2022 than any year since they began compiling data more than 20 years ago.

In an essay or TikTok-style video, illuminate the connection between Christian nationalism and book bans in the United States.

Your submission should define Christian nationalism, describe how the ideology inspires efforts to ban books, and offer ideas for effective ways to respond to book bans in ways that support religious freedom for everyone.


The contest is open to all high school students in the graduating classes of 2024 and 2025. There are no requirements regarding GPA, faith, after-school activities or clubs.


Video grand prize: $2,000

Essay grand prize: $2,000

Video runner-up: $500

Essay runner-up: $500

Submission and Due Date

To enter the contest, sudents must submit an original essay (800-1200 words) or an original TikTok-style video (90-180 seconds) through this Google Registration Form by March 15 at midnight Pacific Time. Students can only submit one entry – either a video or an essay, but not both.

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged on the depth of their content, the mastery of the topic and the skill with which they are presented. The student should develop a point of view on the issue and demonstrate critical thinking, using appropriate examples, arguments and other evidence to support a position. Submissions should be free of errors, and they should be clear, concise and well-organized.

Requirements for Essay Submissions

  • Submitted essays should be in 12-point type, double-spaced. To ensure fairness, your name (or any other identifying info) should not appear on any page.
  • Essays must have a title at the top of the first page of the essay (do not use a title page).
  • Essays must be between 800-1,200 words, not counting the title and bibliography.
  • Sources must be used, cited and credited in a bibliography, consistent with an accepted citation style. Wikipedia may not be used as a source.

Requirements for Video Submissions

  • Videos must be filmed vertically (portrait mode, or a 9:16 aspect ratio). Videos can be recorded on your 
    phone or with a camera.
  • Videos must be submitted as a .mov or .mp4 file.
  • Length must be between 90-180 seconds.
  • All videos should be posted on TikTok or Instagram during the month of April 2024. Tag @endchristiannationalism, and use #christiansagainstchristiannationalism. Students who do not have Instagram or TikTok are exempt from this requirement.
  • Sources must be cited appropriately (visual overlay or verbal citation is encouraged when making the video). In addition, you will need to submit a separate “works cited” document which should contain all of the sources you used for the information in your video.
  • Videos may not infringe the privacy or personality rights of any person or deceased person. Students must comply with the Terms of Service of TikTok, which provides that the person must be 13 years of age or older, cannot make available material which is defamatory to any person, obscene, offensive, pornographic, hateful, racist, discriminatory, or inflammatory.
  • To avoid copyright infringement issues, refrain from playing non-original music in the background of your 
    video. Creativity is encouraged!
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