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Ancient Order of Hibernians annual Scholarship Contest

April 15, 2019

Catholic High School Scholarships

Ancient Order of Hibernians Padraig Pearse Division #1 Kansas City is excited that through  fundraising and engagement efforts they will be increasing the individual award for the annual scholarship contest to $750. The division will award five of these scholarships to Catholic youth from the Kansas City area who attend a Catholic High School in the 2019-20 school year.

Normally the division awards four scholarships but in 2019 an ongoing partnership with the KC Irish Fest continues so with that addition a total of five awards will be presented.

AOH is the largest Irish-Catholic men’s service organization in the United States and Kansas City’s Pearse Division has 130 members. The Pearse members raise money through activities like the annual Friday fish dinners during Lent at Redemptorist parish and has been a strong supporter of Catholic education. The group also assists seminarians from the diocese and promotes Irish culture with the Irish Center and Kansas City Irish Fest.

In announcing the increased award, up from $500, and this year’s topic, Division president John McEvoy noted, “the winners read their essays at the award ceremony and it is a reminder to the members of what a truly exceptional education student get by attending Catholic schools. The essay event further serves our goal of promoting our Irish heritage to ourselves and to new audiences.”

Applications are scored first as students present background information about school and church activities and involvement. However, the majority of points are awarded based on a 500-word essay. The essay topic for 2019 is “My Favorite Irish Song”. Students will pick a song of their choosing and are asked to provide a little history or significance to the song and explain why this is their favorite Irish song. All that is required is an Irish connection; acceptable songs range from Irish ballads/rebel songs or the traditional songs heard around St. Patrick’s Day in the United States. Student may also select modern songs from groups like U2 or The Pogues.

Applications and guidelines will be available by February 15 at www.aohkcmo.org by accessing the “scholarship” tab underneath the main heading. Deadline for entry is July 4, 2019 and, after judging by volunteer Hibernians, an awards ceremony featuring Bishop Johnston will be held in early August.

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