The Novato Republican Women, Federated is offering a $1,000  scholarship to high school seniors living in Marin County who will be entering college in the fall of 2021. 

Our Essay Contests ask students to consider the importance and relevance of individual subjects such as liberty, respect for the U.S. Constitution, governmental fiscal discipline and the role, size and impact of our government on our society.

The award will be granted on the basis of an essay. We ask for grade point average, and scholastic and extracurricular accomplishments as an enhancement to the application. A high school transcript is required. Essays must include a title and bibliography, and direct quotes should be identified in footnotes. Please pay attention to the essay evaluation criteria stated on the application form.

Essay topic: Write an essay of 500 - 700 words exploring the following:

The brave men and women who founded the United States of America in the late 1700s created  three separate branches of government: Legislative, Executive and Judicial. Knowing that man is  corruptible, they wanted to separate powers so that one branch could not become too powerful and  they would function as checks and balances on each other. The Judiciary was considered the weakest of the three, because it could neither be an enforcer of laws (Executive) nor the maker of law and  controller of the money (Legislative).

Read and Consider:

→ Montesquieu, Spirit of Laws, p. 181 (quoted in Federalist 78): “there is no liberty if the power of judging be not separated from the legislative and executive powers.”

Federalist 78: “. . . liberty can have nothing to fear from the judiciary alone, but would have everything to fear from its union with either of the other departments . . .”


Please explain why the Founders created the Judicial Branch as they did. Also explain what they intended as the proper role of the U.S. Judicial Branch as expressed by our founding documents and the Founders’ reasoning.


To apply: Completed application must be received by March 15, 2021.

Fill in the fields below and then upload your supporting documentation to include your essay, and high school transcript.