Founders' Scholarship

Each year, Wyoming Catholic College offers three full-tuition scholarships to select members of the incoming Freshman class through its Founders’ Scholarship Competition.

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.


Further information

In this weekend-long competition, the best high school students from across the country discuss, debate, question, and think about great texts and great ideas at the highest level, all while competing for a full-tuition scholarship: the WCC Founders‘ Scholarship.

On Friday afternoon, candidates participate in a dynamic WCC-style seminar discussion.  The seminar is followed by Oxford-style tutorials with College faculty. This offers the faculty the opportunity to see how the students think and interact, and at the same time the students see how our faculty think and interact.

On Saturday, all invitees write a timed essay and compete in a rhetoric competition, delivering five-minute speeches.

The weekend concludes with the Dean’s Banquet and entertainment provided by the WCC student body.

Participants must be high school seniors who have submitted a complete academic application to Wyoming Catholic College. (Student may interview with a faculty member during the competition if they desire.) Students who exhibit academic excellence throughout the application essay, letters of reference, and high school (unofficial) transcript will be accepted into the competition. After submitting all materials to the College, applicants will be informed of their acceptance to the competition by the Office of Admission.

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 runs 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 representative from the College will 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


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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.