Newman Society Announces Second Annual Essay Scholarship Contest

The Cardinal Newman Society is pleased to announce its second Annual Essay Scholarship Contest.  The winner of the Contest will be awarded $5,000 toward the cost of attending one of the institutions recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College in the fall of 2018.

All of the details about the Contest can be found at this link:

The $5,000 scholarship is made possible thanks to the generosity of Joe and Ann Guiffre, supporters of the Newman Society and faithful Catholic education.

“We are grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Guiffre for enabling this scholarship,” said Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly. “They understand the unique value of a truly Catholic education, and they are thrilled to help a student experience all that a Newman Guide-recommended college can provide.”

The contest is open to high school seniors in the United States who have signed-up for the Newman Society’s Recruit Me program and use The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College and My Future, My Faith magazine in their college search.

The topic for this year’s contest is to reflect, in 500-700 words, on the following question: “How will a faithful Catholic college education prepare you for life?”

Essays will judged by how well they demonstrated appreciation for faithful Catholic education, as well as the quality of the writing.

Last year, the Newman Society announced Jace Griffith of Idaho Falls High School in Idaho as the winner of the Society’s first annual Essay Scholarship Contest.  She received a $5,000 scholarship toward her education at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. in the fall of 2017.

“I’ve decided I want God to be the center of my life,” Griffith wrote in her winning essay, titled “Fullness.” “In the end, it only makes sense to choose a college that wants the same thing.”  Griffith’s entire essay can be read here.

Questions about this year’s Essay Scholarship Contest can be directed to Kelly Salomon, editor of The Newman Guide, at


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