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2015 Generation Faith Essay Contest

Thomas More College of Liberal Arts Faith & Reason Scholarship Competition 2018


In his Motu Proprio declaring St. Thomas More Patron of Statesmen and Politicians, Pope St. John Paul II observed:

Whenever men or women heed the call of truth, their conscience then guides their actions reliably towards good. Precisely because of the witness which he bore, even at the price of his life, to the primacy of truth over power, Saint Thomas More is venerated as an imperishable example of moral integrity.

To a student of the Great Books of Western Civilization, the martyrdom of St. Thomas More recalls the condemnation of Socrates, a pre-Christian witness to “the primacy of truth over power.”

Unlike More, Socrates avoided public office in favor of a private life of philosophizing. But like More, he was finally condemned by his fellow citizens for failing in his duties as a citizen. In his defense, Socrates argued that, far from being a threat to the city, the life he led—a life of examining himself and others—was the greatest service to it.

In proclaiming St. Thomas More Patron of Statesmen and Politicians, St. John Paul was responding to “the need felt by the world of politics and public administration for credible role models able to indicate the path of truth at a time in history when difficult challenges and crucial responsibilities are increasing.” In the same spirit, I am pleased to announce the 2018 Faith & Reason Scholarship Essay Contest. Applicants are invited to consider Plato’s Apology of Socrates and to submit an essay of three to four pages in answer to the question: Was Socrates a good citizen? If so, how and why so? If not, how and why not?

Details on the scholarship awards are available below.

Essay submissions must be mailed by January 1.Awards will be made by January 19th, 2018.


William Edmund Fahey, President


Rules & Eligibility

The Faith & Reason Essay Contest is open to all incoming freshmen at Thomas More College.


Two full scholarships of $20,400 each annually. Three half scholarships of $10,200 each annually. Five scholarships of $3,500 each annually.

A Completed College Application:

All students wishing to submit an essay for the Faith & Reason Essay Scholarship Contest, must also complete and submit a full College Application. The online application can be started here. A complete application must include: two letters of recommendation; high school transcripts; SAT, ACT, or CLT scores; and a completed online application.

A Completed Essay:

Essays should be three to four pages typed, double-spaced, with 12-point Times New Roman font and 1-inch margins on all sides. Applications must include a cover sheet listing the applicant’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail, high school graduation date, and age.

Method of Submission:

All completed Faith & Reason Essays and College applications must be submitted by January 1, 2018. Completed essays can be e-mailed to admissions@thomasmorecollege.edu or mailed to the College at the following address:

Admissions Office
Thomas More College of Liberal Arts
6 Manchester Street
Merrimack, NH 03054

Completed College applications must be mailed to this address.

For questions regarding the Faith and Reason Essay Contest or College application process, please contact the Admissions Office at admissions@thomasmorecollege.edu  or call at 603-880-8308.

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America Media is the leading provider of news and analysis for thinking Catholics and those who want to know what Catholics are thinking. We are known across the Catholic world for our unique brand of excellent, relevant and accessible coverage. From theology and spirituality to politics, international relations, arts and letters, and the economy and social justice, our coverage spans the globe. America, our flagship print magazine has been published continuously since 1909. America Media is sponsored by the Jesuit Conference of the United States and Canada.

What is America looking for?

  • Pitches for feature-length reported pieces, essays and analysis. Feature-length pieces should be approved as a pitch and discussed with editors before a full manuscript is prepared and submitted.

  • “Faith in Focus” essays starting from personal faith experience

  • "Faith & Reason" essays, more scholarly treatments of theological or philosophical topics. 

  • “Short Take” opinion essays

  • Short poems of thirty or fewer lines

Scroll to the category links below for more details.

Guidelines for All Submissions

America Media accepts select unsolicited, unpublished content for dissemination in print, web and/or other digital formats. All submissions must be made through this web site. America Media does not accept submissions by U.S.P.S. or email, nor do we consider content submitted simultaneously to other publications or media. America Media is solely responsible for the manner, platform (digital, print, etc.) and timing of publication/production.

Content Areas: America Media's location at the intersection of the church and the world informs our content decisions. We seek to examine ideas and events at the crossroads, where insight from religious belief casts new light on an issue of the day, or where events in the world make the challenges of the Gospel more evident.

Our coverage includes:

  • Ideas and events within the secular world but of universal interest to the Catholic conscience or imagination. (i.e. war and peace; economic and social justice issues; migration and immigration; social ethics; artistic/cultural phenomena).    

  • Ideas and events at the intersection of the church and the world. (i.e. the church's role in a conflict; an episcopal pronouncement on public policy; a Catholic response to a political or social problem or movement; a historical, cultural or artistic event that speaks to the relationship between faith and politics/culture).

  • Ideas and events within the church but of universal interest to Catholics. (i.e. theology and spirituality; marriage and family life; church governance; liturgical change; Catholic education; vocations; magisterial teaching; catechesis; religious life and formation).

Audience: Most but not all of our audience is Catholic. More than two-thirds of them are laypeople, not clergy. Almost all of them have a college degree, and two-thirds have graduate degrees. Most of our audience members, however, are not specialists.

Content Standards: Successful submissions demonstrate rigor, order and discipline of thought, as well as honesty and sympathy. The style, prose and analysis should also demonstrate originality, intelligence and imagination. Even when the opposing viewpoint is not explicitly accounted for in the text, contributors should sincerely consider it. Polemics, ideologically-driven arguments, partisan political considerations and facile logic must be avoided. Above all, the submission should say something new.

Original Content/Conflicts of Interest: All submissions to America Media must be the original, unpublished/unproduced work of the author/artist. An author/artist must also disclose any possible conflict of interest—for example, if he or she has received compensation from a third party for writing an article, or if the author is acting as an agent (lawyer, press agent, public relations agent, consultant, etc.) for any person or institution mentioned in the article.

Length of Submissions: Length of submissions varies depending on the platform and department. See individual departments below for specific guidelines.

Style: America Media uses The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage and the Catholic News Service Stylebook on Religion. We do not use footnotes or parenthetical citations.

Payment:Competitive rates, paid on acceptance.

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