Founders' Scholarship

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.

 

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In this 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.  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.

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 the Thursday, of the competition weekend.  Students should plan to depart campus before 12 pm on Sunday, but are free to leave any time before then.

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 Path of Beauty: Art, Nature and the Encounter with God 
“Beauty, whether that of the natural universe or that expressed in art, precisely because it opens up and broadens the horizons of human awareness, can become a path towards God….In this regard, one may speak of a via pulchritudinis, a path of beauty.” -Benedict XVI   
Competitors will spend the weekend reflecting on specific works of painting, music, and poetry and their relation to the natural world, while at the same time engaging the deeper philosophical and theological principles that underlie the tradition of the fine arts.
The Hungry Soul: Eating and the Perfection of our Nature
“We have lost our way in the world partly because we no longer believe that our ordinary experience of life in the world may be the privileged road to the deepest truth….Eating, albeit a fascinating topic in its own right, turns out to be a perfect subject for reopening the question about nature, human nature and ethics.” Dr. Leon Kass  
By reading both a Norwegian short story turned into the acclaimed movie, Babette’s Feast, and studying an introduction to Christian theology, competitors will question whether the biological act of eating reveals more transcendent truths about who we are and where we’re going.
Hollow Hearts: The Abolition of the Human in Modern Education
The world is too much with us, late and soon./ Getting and spending we lay waste our powers,/ little we see in nature that is ours,/ we have given our hearts away, a sordid boon.” William Wordsworth 
Under the tutelage of Walker Percy and Charles Dickens, competitors will consider the increasing estrangement that modern men and women feel when confronted with the wonders that surround them; and the students will search for a more human way of experiencing and knowing the world.

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 for a student participating in the competitions.

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.