Scholarship Name: Maryknoll Essay Contest

More than 7,000 students competed for nearly $3,000 in cash prizes during the 2009 Maryknoll Student Essay Contest. The awards remain the same for the 2010 contest, with $1,000 provided to each of the two first place finalists, $300 awarded to each of the two second place finalists and $150 provided to each of the two third place award recipients.

Maryknoll Essay Contest: Vatican Responds to Letters from Youth

Six middle and high school students representing Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Texas and the Federated States of Micronesia have received cash awards for their winning submissions in Maryknoll magazine's 26th annual Maryknoll Student Essay Contest.


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Maryknoll Essay Contest: Vatican Responds to Letters from Youth

Congratulations to St. Agnes 7th Grade Student, Raquel Lacusky for being the National Winner of the 2015 Maryknoll Essay Contest! Raquel’s letter to Pope Francis telling him how young people have the courage to go forward and make noise to build a better world was chosen from a field of 8,000 entries. Her winning essay will be in the May/June 2015 MARYKNOLL Magazine and a copy of the essay will be sent to Pope Francis!On Friday, February 27, Father Bob Jalbert from MaryKnoll concelebrated Mass with Father Al and during the Mass he presented Raquel with her award. Raquel read her award winning essay to those assembled. Mrs. Debbie Brilliante, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, and Mrs. Bernadette Dougherty, Director of Elementary Services for Catholic Schools, also joined our celebration. What a wonderful day for Saint Agnes! We are thrilled that we received great press: 6ABC and NBC10 both featured us on the news! There also was a piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer on 2/26 and the Daily Local on 3/1. Raquel was also interviewed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan on his SiriusXM 129 radio show on Tuesday live. Links to all the media are available on the school’s Facebook page.


More than 5,400 entries were received from students who competed in two divisions (grades six to eight and grades nine to 12) for nearly $3,000 in cash prizes. The awards included $1,000 for each of the two first place finalists, $300 for each of the two second place finalists and $150 to each of the two third place award recipients.

The essays written by the first place winners in each category will be published in the May/June 2013 issue of "Maryknoll" magazine. All winning essays will be published online within the next few months at .

"We were very impressed by the students' depth of insight and compassion," said Margaret Gaughan, managing editor of "Maryknoll" magazine and coordinator of its annual essay contest. "So many of these young people were able to put themselves in the shoes of newcomers and challenge prejudice and discrimination."

The 2012 Maryknoll Student Essay Contest Awards will be presented to:

Division I (grades six to eight)

First Place ($1,000): The Bishop Francis X. Ford Award is named in honor of the Maryknoll priest who died in a prison in China during 1952. The assignment for the 2011 contest, , asked students to recount an incident from their lives, or describe an experience of someone they knew, that involved bullying. The students were required to ponder what they thought Jesus would have said to all the people involved in the incident.

More than 7,400 entries were received from students who competed in two divisions (grades six to eight and grades nine to 12) for nearly $3,000 in cash prizes. The awards include $1,000 for each of the two first place finalists, $300 for each of the two second place finalists and $150 to each of the two third place award recipients.

The essays written by the first place winners in each category will be published in the May/June 2012 issue of Maryknoll magazine. All winning essays will be published online within the next few months at .

"We were delighted with the overwhelming number of essays submitted and deeply moved by the personal stories students shared," said Margaret Gaughan, managing editor, Maryknoll magazine and coordinator of the annual student essay contest. "What impressed us most were the Christian values these young people exhibited in coping with hurtful situations. Their insights on following Jesus in the face of adversity offer powerful lessons to all of us."
The 2011 Maryknoll Student Essay Contest Awards will be presented to: