Flannery O'Connor Scholarship Competition

The Flannery O’Connor Scholarship offers applicants to the College the opportunity to share a piece of themselves: their creativity, interests, ambitions, and dramatic flair. The topics, conceived by various members of the College community, may be pondered with complete seriousness, jest, or a happy medium between the two.

The contest is open to anyone who is applying for or admitted to the Class of 2026 at Wyoming Catholic College. Winners may only use their scholarship award at Wyoming Catholic College. Students who choose to attend another institution will forfeit the scholarship.

Entries must be submitted no later than midnight MST on January 24, 2022, the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, Patron Saint of Catholic Writers.

Further Information

First Place: $7,500/year ($30,000 total)*
Second Place: $5,000/year ($20,000 total)*
Third Place: $2,500/year ($10,000 total)*
Finalist(s): $1,000/year ($4,000 total)*

These tuition scholarships will be renewed automatically each year as long a student maintains a minimum 3.25 GPA.

Entries must be submitted no later than midnight MST, on the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, Patron Saint of Catholic Writers (January 24, 2022).

Answers may be submitted in prose or poetic form. Submissions will be evaluated on creativity, insight, coherence, and how over-all enjoyable they are to read. Be yourself, answer with aplomb.

With the exception of the sixth prompt, you may write as many words or as few words as you wish. Write with confidence and only include the words needed to respond to the chosen topic.

(A note on the topics: applicants to the College will note that many of essay contest prompts are the same as the essay prompts for the application itself. Contestants in the essay contest must write a second piece, responding to a different prompt than their application essay.)

Submissions should be sent to admissions@wyomingcatholic.edu. Please include your name, address, email, and phone number with your entry. Your document should be saved as follows: Lastname_Firstname_Title.doc.

Winners of this contest cannot combine their scholarship with a scholarship from the Founders’ Competition. Students may of course participate in both competitions, but must choose one scholarship if they have been offered both.


a. “While the South is hardly Christ-centered, it is most certainly Christ-haunted” (Flannery O’Connor).  What else might be Christ-haunted? Pick an unexpected place, item, or the like and vividly describe what it would mean for it to be Christ-haunted.

b. “She knew him to be intelligent, clean, courteous, wealthy, well-read, amusing and enamored, but he had not so far produced in her that crushing sense of utter inferiority which leads to prostration and hero-worship. But she now realized that there was, after all, something god-like about him. He could control a horse.” (Dorothy L. Sayers).

c. Choose one of the following:

  • Wild
  • Wisdom
  • Wonder

d. What’s in a name?

e. “Then came a time when to have a bicycle, and to have learned to ride it, and to be at last spinning along on one’s own, early in the morning, under trees, in and out of the shadows, was like entering Paradise. That apparently effortless and frictionless gliding that seemed to have solved the secret of life…But pedaling to and from school (it was one of those journeys that feel up-hill both ways) in all weathers, soon revealed the prose of cycling. The bicycle, itself, became to me what his oar is to a galley slave…But as I’ve begun riding yet again in my old age, again and again the mere fact of riding brings back a delicious whiff of memory. I now know that whether there is, or whether there is not, in this world or in any other, the kind of happiness which one’s first experiences of cycling seemed to promise, still, on any view, it is something to have had the idea of it. The value of the thing promised remains even if that particular promise was false—even if all possible promises of it are false…So you see the question it all hangs on is whether we can go on to Re-enchantment.” (C.S. Lewis).

f. Describe any painting you would like using exactly one thousand words. Please attach a copy of the chosen painting.