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.
Who can Participate
Participants must be high school seniors who have submitted a complete academic application to Wyoming Catholic College. Applicants must indicate their interest in the competition by using the form below. The College will invite students to attend one of these weekends, based upon the overall excellence of the application essay, standardized test scores, and high school GPA.
Competition Dates and Deadlines
The College will hold its next Founders’ competition on March 14th-17th, 2019. Students wishing to compete must submit their academic application by February 23rd, 2019. Those who believe they cannot meet this deadline should contact program director Jonathan Rensch at [email protected].
The Spring Competition: Details and Theme
In the Dark Wood: The Classical Tradition in the Modern World
The terrifying beginning of Dante’s immortal poem unfolds in a dark wood, “for the straight way was lost.” Quite astonishingly for his medieval readers, the pilgrim can only be saved by the ancient Roman poet, Virgil. What is the dark wood? And, perhaps, even more importantly, why does Dante think Virgil (as opposed to an angel or a saint) is necessary to get him out of it?
In this intense, weekend-long retreat, 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, all while competing for prizes and a full-tuition scholarship: the WCC Founders‘ Scholarship.
Over three days, invitees will attend WCC classes, discover Wyoming’s sublimely beautiful landscape, and have coffee with professors in small, Oxford-style tutorials to discuss a topic of their choice. On Friday afternoon, candidates will participate in a dynamic WCC-style seminar discussion on the first five canti of Dante’s Inferno, personally led by the Academic Dean, Jason Baxter (recently seen on EWTN). The seminar will be followed by Oxford-style tutorials with College faculty. The faculty will be able to see how the students think and interact, but at the same time the students will be able to see how our faculty think and interact.
On Saturday, all invitees will write an essay and also compete in a rhetoric competition, delivering five-minute speeches on what Dante can teach us about why we moderns need the classical tradition.
The weekend will conclude with the Dean’s Banquet and entertainment provided by the WCC student body.
Students accepted into the competition should make arrangements to be in Lander by 7 pm on Thursday, March 14th. Students should plan to depart campus before 12 pm on Sunday March 17th, 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 March 14th. Students using the shuttle to return to Denver airport are advised not to book flights with departure times before 2:00 pm on March 17th.
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.
The Fall 2019 Competition: Details and Theme
Details for the next Fall Competition will be posted on October 10th, 2019.
For more information about the Founders’ Scholarship please call our Admissions Office at 307-335-4421 or email [email protected].
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.