Each year, Wyoming Catholic College offers full-tuition scholarships to select members of the incoming Freshmen class through its Founders’ Scholarship Competition.
In these intense, weekend-long retreats, the best high school students from across the country will discuss, debate, question, and think about great texts and great ideas on the highest possible level.
Over three days, invitees will attend WCC classes, discover Wyoming’s sublimely beautiful landscape, practice rhetoric in both speech and writing, and discuss a topic of their choice with professors in small, Oxford-style tutorials.
Participants must be high school seniors who have submitted a complete academic application to Wyoming Catholic College, with the exceptions of the student interview and standardized test scores. (The student interview may be completed during the competition if so desired.) Students exhibiting overall academic excellence through the application essay and high school GPA will be accepted into the competition.
The Spring 2020 Competition: Details and Theme
The Spring Founders’ Competition will be held from Thursday, March 12th to Sunday, March 15th, 2020. The theme of this competition will be justice and lawlessness. Those intending to compete should read Chapters 21 and 22 of Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, and Abraham Lincoln’s “Lyceum Address.” Registered competitors will be notified of further necessary preparation.
Students accepted into the competition should make arrangements to be in Lander by 7 pm on Thursday of the competition weekend. Students should plan to depart campus by 12 pm on Sunday, but are free to leave any time before then.
The College will run a complimentary shuttle for participants to and from Denver International Airport (DIA). Students wishing to take advantage of the shuttle should arrive in Denver airport by 11:30 am on Thursday. Students using the shuttle to return to Denver airport are advised not to book flights with departure times before 2:00 pm on Sunday.
Students arriving in Denver International Airport should collect their baggage and proceed to baggage carousel number 12 in the Jeppesen Terminal. This is on the west side of the building between doors 512 and 514. A college employee will be there to meet participants starting at 9:30 am. On the following Sunday, students will be dropped off as close as possible to the check-in area of their airline.
The College will provide lodging for all participants. There is no need to book a hotel or other lodging in Lander.
Founders' Scholarship Competition Weekend Request
Submitting this form does not guarantee you a spot in a Founders’ Competition Weekend. Make sure that you submit your academic application materials by the above deadlines. The admissions office will contact you to inform you of your acceptance into the competition weekend.