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2016-2017 ACA Essay Awards

Each year, the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) brings Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis together to answer the Gospel call of Christ to serve others. In an effort to share the good news about the Appeal’s impact in our community and to promote the involvement of our young people in the life of the local church, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and the Appeal Council invite any Catholic high school junior to participate in the 2016-2017 ACA Essay Scholarship Contest. St. Vincent is proud to announce three winners in the essay contest: In first place, with a $1000 scholarship, Emily Prost, daughter of Connie and Steven Prost; 2nd
place and a $740 scholarship, Autumn Zoellner, Beth and Jason Zoellner, and 3rd place with a $500 scholarship, Jenna Winkler, daughter of Mary and Keith Winkler. In January, 2017, these three SV students and their parents will be invited to the Awards Ceremony with the Archbishop of St. Louis.


Essay Contest Requirements

Each year, the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) brings Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of St. Louis together to answer the Gospel call of Christ to serve others.  In an effort to share the good news about the Appeal’s impact in our community and to promote the involvement of our young people in the life of the local Church, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson and the Annual Catholic Appeal Council invite any Junior who attends a Catholic High School in the Archdiocese of St. Louis to participate in the 2015-2016 ACA Essay Scholarship Contest.

Objectives

The essays selected will be judged according to the manner in which the participant addresses the following questions:

  1. Why is it important for me and all the Catholics of the Archdiocese of St. Louis to   come together to participate in the Annual Catholic Appeal?
  2. What does “Stewardship” mean to me, and how do I practice it in my life?
  3. How are people in my own community and/or throughout the Archdiocese impacted by the ACA? 

Submission Criteria

The essay should be limited to 3-5 typed pages double-spaced. The heading on each essay should be as follows: student name and title (including Mr. or Miss), name of school, home address, city, state, zip, phone number, and his/her parish.

Selected judges will review the essays submitted and rank the scholarship recipients for your high school in the order of first ($1,000), second ($750) and third ($500) places. Scholarships will only be granted for essays meeting all requirements, including meeting the October 16, 2016 deadline to Mr. Prost.

Archbishop Carlson will award the scholarships and a framed award certificate at a ceremony on Wednesday, December 6, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. at the Fleur de Lis Room of the Cardinal Rigali Center.

Research Suggestions

Below are a few research suggestions for students who are looking for help in getting started.

  1. Video and Brochures for the 2014 Annual Catholic Appeal.  (Sent under separate     cover.)
  2. Web site for the Annual Catholic Appeal at ACA.
  3. Many of the ministries supported by the Appeal have their own websites, such as the Office of Youth Ministry at St Louis Youth Group.
  4. Many ministries supported by the Appeal would be happy to talk to the students         writing the essays. The inside of the brochure has a complete listing along with     contact information for each supported ministry.
  5. The St. Louis Review often has articles about the Appeal.
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