Thomas More College Announces New Scholarship Fund

by Thomas More College on February 10, 2008

February 10, 2008
Contact: Charlie McKinney
Phone: (603) 880-8308, ext. 21
Mobile: (603) 913-5939

(Merrimack, New Hampshire)— The Thomas More College of Liberal Arts announces the launching of its new Faith & Reason Scholarship Fund. This annual scholarship fund will begin disbursement in the Fall of 2009, with the admittance of the next Freshmen class.

This fund will distribute a combined $120,000 to qualified students annually. Awards will include one $30,000 St. John Fisher Scholarship, two $20,000 Edmund Campion Scholarships, and five $10,000 Margaret Clithero Scholarships. Candidates for these funds are determined through an essay contest open to all applicants for Freshman admission at Thomas More College. Monies will be distributed over four years, and cannot be continued beyond that time. To maintain eligibility, winners must maintain a full course load of at least 12 credits per semester and maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

In order to be considered in this year’s pool, applicants must participate in the 2009 Faith and Reason Essay Contest. The essay should address the question of, “How should the student display courage and engage the whole breadth of reason?”

“Pope Benedict XVI and his great predecessor have challenged us to rededicate our hearts to the great labor that is the pursuit of Christian wisdom,” said Thomas More College Director of Admissions Jessica Rock. “In the spirit of their call, I am pleased to announce this essay contest for our promising pool of applicants.”

“We want to honor the rising generation of scholars who have the demonstrated potential to ‘engage the whole breadth of reason,’ as our Holy Father stated,” added Thomas More College President Jeffrey O. Nelson. “This scholarship fund allows us to recognize those applicants who demonstrate a superior intellectual ability while adding to our generous financial aid package.”

Applicants may submit a paper application postmarked by March 14 or an e-mail application received by the Office of Admissions no later than midnight, March 15. Paper applications must include an official cover sheet, and e-mail applications must include the essay and contain the applicant’s name, address, telephone number, e-mail, graduation date, and age. Completed applications should be sent to Rock at 6 Manchester Street, Merrimack, New Hampshire 03054, or via e-mail at

Essays should be two to three pages typed, double-spaced with 12-point Times New Roman font and 1-inch margins on all sides. This scholarship essay may be submitted in place of the traditional admissions essay.

The inspiration for this essay contest came from the wisdom of our current Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, as well as his predecessor, Pope John Paul II.

In a recent address, Pope Benedict XVI asked all Catholic educators how Catholic schools, colleges, and universities “contribute to the good of society through the Church’s primary mission of evangelization.”

At Thomas More College, administration and faculty looked to the Regensburg Address of 2006 in their search for the answer to the Pope’s call.

In that address, given to Catholic educators and students, the Pope said, “The courage to engage the whole breadth of reason … this is the program with which a theology grounded in Biblical faith enters into the debates of our time.”

Additional information on this scholarship essay contest, as well as links to the Holy Father’s Regensburg Address, can be found on the College’s website at

If you would like additional information, or would like to schedule an interview with President Jeff Nelson or Director of Admissions Jessica Rock, please contact Charlie McKinney at (603) 880-8308, ext. 21 or (603) 913-5939, or by email at

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