2019 Faith and Reason Essay Contest

Faith & Reason Scholarship Competition 2019

In his Motu Proprio declaring St. Thomas More Patron of Statesmen and Politicians, Pope St. John Paul II observed:

Whenever men or women heed the call of truth, their conscience then guides their actions reliably towards good. Precisely because of the witness which he bore, even at the price of his life, to the primacy of truth over power, Saint Thomas More is venerated as an imperishable example of moral integrity.

To a student of the Great Books of Western Civilization, the martyrdom of St. Thomas More recalls the condemnation of Socrates, a pre-Christian witness to “the primacy of truth over power.”

Unlike More, Socrates avoided public office in favor of a private life of philosophizing. But like More, he was finally condemned by his fellow citizens for failing in his duties as a citizen. In his defense, Socrates argued that, far from being a threat to the city, the life he led—a life of examining himself and others—was the greatest service to it.

In proclaiming St. Thomas More Patron of Statesmen and Politicians, St. John Paul was responding to “the need felt by the world of politics and public administration for credible role models able to indicate the path of truth at a time in history when difficult challenges and crucial responsibilities are increasing.” In the same spirit, I am pleased to announce the 2019 Faith & Reason Scholarship Essay Contest. Applicants are invited to consider Plato’s Apology of Socrates and to submit an essay of 3 to 4 pages in answer to the question: Was Socrates a good citizen? If so, how and why so? If not, how and why not?

Details on the scholarship awards are below.

Essay submissions deadline January 1st, 2019.  Submit Essays to admissions@thomasmorecollege.edu or use the form below.

Awards will be made the week of January 13th, 2019.

William Edmund Fahey, President

Faith & Reason Submission Form

  • Accepted file types: pdf.

The Faith and Reason essay contest is open for those students wishing to attend in the Fall of 2019.

Applicants for Fall of 2019 who are interested in participating in the essay contest can submit their essays here.

For those who are interested, the contest rules and eligibility below may help you prepare for next semester’s contest.

Rules & Eligibility

The Faith & Reason Essay Contest is open to all incoming freshmen at Thomas More College.


Two scholarships for full tuition for four years. Three scholarships for half tuition for four years.  Five scholarships of $3,500 for four years.

A Completed College Application:

All students wishing to submit an essay for the Faith & Reason Essay Scholarship Contest, must also complete and submit a full College Application. The online application can be started here. A complete application must include: two letters of recommendation; high school transcripts; SAT, ACT, or CLT scores; and a completed online application.

A Completed Essay:

Essays should be three to four pages typed, double-spaced, with 12-point Times New Roman font and 1-inch margins on all sides. Applications must include a cover sheet listing the applicant’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail, high school graduation date, and age.

Method of Submission:

All completed Faith & Reason Essays and College applications must be submitted by January 1st of the year you intend to enroll. Completed essays can be e-mailed to admissions@thomasmorecollege.edu or mailed to the College at the following address:

Admissions Office
Thomas More College of Liberal Arts
6 Manchester Street
Merrimack, NH 03054

Completed College applications must be mailed to this address.

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