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Outstanding Parent Award

The Outstanding Parent Essay Contest runs from July 10th-September 4th. Please be sure to read all contest stipulations before entering.

In an effort to recognize and honor the contribution that Liberty University parents make toward their student's education, the Parent and Family Connections Office is sponsoring the Outstanding Parent Award Essay Contest.  Liberty students have the opportunity to publicly recognize the role played by parents and guardians in their educational endeavors.  

A committee will review all submitted essays and the winning recipient(s) will be announced on September 9th and then recognized during our upcoming Fall Family weekend, September 18th.  The winners must be able to attend Family Weekend as our honored guests as they will be presented their award at our Welcome Reception, that Friday evening, by best-selling author, Karen Kingsbury.  


  • Must be nominated by currently enrolled student in good standing with the university

  • Nominations need to be for the parents/guardians of a residential undergraduate student

  • The Nominee may nominate both parents with one application

  • Entries must be received by the Parent Office by midnight, September 4th.

  • Parent(s) must be present at the Family Weekend Welcome Reception on Friday, September 18th.

Most importantly, essays should address at least one of the following questions:  

  • How have your parent(s) encouraged and supported your Liberty University education?

  • How have your parent(s) provided opportunities by serving as a role model or making personal sacrifices to benefit you or others?

  • What makes your parent(s) different from others? Have there been any extraordinary events or circumstances separating your parent(s) from others?   


Please be sure to invite your families to join us for a weekend of fun events and a home football game.   

For questions, please contact the Parent and Family Connections Office at 434-582-2339 or email: