Grade School and High School Scholarship Application Rules

The contest is open to all students currently in grades 6-11 who will attend a Catholic school located in the Diocese of Buffalo.


Applicants currently in 6th or 7th grade submit an essay on the following topic:


St. Thomas More gave up his life rather than abandon his Catholic faith. He was a lawyer, an important government official, a loving husband and father, a brilliant scholar and writer. When the king ordered him to do something that he knew was wrong, he refused and was put to death. 


Identify someone that you consider to be a modern St. Thomas More who has made a sacrifice to follow his or her faith. Explain why you chose that person and what specifically makes that person a modern day St. Thomas More. 


Applicants currently in 8th grade or a high school freshman, sophomore or junior, submit an essay on the following topic:


St. Thomas More was a man of faith who made the difficult choice of giving up his life rather than abandon his Catholic faith by swearing an oath to the king.


Identify a difficult choice you have made to follow your faith and how you reached your decision.

The essay must be typed.  The maximum length of the essay is 500 words.  

The Application Form must accompany the essay.  The current grade of the student should be placed in the upper right hand corner of the first page of the essay.  The essay must not contain the writer’s name or school.

The Scholarship Application must be mailed (regular, not certified) to:


                        St. Thomas More Guild

                        P.O. Box 35

                        Buffalo, New York 14201-0035

The completed application (Application Form and essay) must be postmarked on or before April 1.

Winners will be contacted after April 30. ​ ​ The essay will be judged according to the grade level of the student and the judges will not know the identity of the applicant during the judging process.  Scholarship awards are paid directly to the school.  The awards will be presented at the Annual Luncheon.