Faith and Reason Essay Competition

The Faith & Reason Essay Contest is open to all incoming freshmen applicants of the BA in Catholic Studies at Newman Theological College.


1st: $24,000 - Full Tuition for all 3 years

2nd: $6,000 - Awarded over 2 Years

3rd: $3,000 - Awarded over 1 Year (3 Awards of $3,000 Available)

*Due Canada Day, Thursday, July 1, 2021, 12:00 noon, to

Essay Question: Drawing from the Catechism of the Catholic Church or from a papal document, write an essay on "Why do Catholics Need both Faith and Reason to Live out the Gospel in the midst of Canada's Secular Culture?"

Complete Your College Application:
All students participating in the Faith & Reason Essay Scholarship Contest must also complete and submit a full NTC Admissions Application. A complete application must include two letters of recommendation; high school transcripts; and a completed online application. The application can be found here. (

Complete Your Faith and Reason Essay:
Essays should be five to six pages typed, double-spaced, with 12-point Times New Roman font and 1-inch margins on all sides. Essays must include a cover sheet listing the applicant’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail, high school graduation date, and age. Also, in two or three paragraphs, please identify your financial need and explain how this scholarship will help you financially.

Additional Rules

  • Applicants must be accepted into the BA program to receive the scholarship.
  • Newman Theological College reserves the right to refuse scholarship awards if essays do meet the standards of the essay competition committee.
  • The decision of the essay competition committee is final. There are no appeals.
  • Scholarship awards must be used beginning in the 2021-2022 Academic Year and continue consecutively until the 2024 Academic Year.

Submit Your Essay:
All completed Faith & Reason Essays and College applications must be submitted or postmarked by Canada Day, July 1, 2021. Completed essays can be e-mailed to or mailed to the College at the following address:

Admissions Office
Newman Theological College
10012-84 Street NW
Edmonton, AB T6A 0B2

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