Select Page

LOCKE V. DAVEY, 540 U.S. 712 (2004)

This case involved the free exercise first amendment rights of a college student who was denied a state scholarship because he declared his major to be pastoral studies. Stepanovich argued that the student had a constitutional right to pursue the studies and receive the scholarship money. The majority of the court determined that Washington’s policy prohibiting state scholarship funds from being used to assist students who pursue a degree in religious studies from a religious perspective is constitutional. However, the decision does not prohibit states from re-structuring scholarship programs to permit the pursuit of a degree in devotional theology.

View Brief


Posted on

May 18, 2004