Fr. Ted scholarship topic announced

Father Ted Colleton

Father Ted Colleton

Dan Di Rocco, circulation manager for The Interim and administrator of the annual Fr. Ted Colleton Scholarship, has announced the topic for the 16th iteration of the essay contest presented by Interim Publishing and Niagara Region Right to Life.

Niagara Region Right to Life is once  again pleased to offer The  Father Ted Colleton Scholarship essay  contest  as part  of its mandate to reach out  to society in an educational format. In particular, Niagara Region RTL wishes to help  educate and  inform the younger generations about the preciousness and  possibilities of human life from conception to natural death and how  certain threats affect those possibilities in its beginnings.

With this in mind, Niagara Region RTL invites students attending Canadian high schools (or  being homeschooled) to participate in the 16th  edition of this scholarship program. As many  as three prizes may be awarded, in the sums  of $1500, $800 and $500 respectively. The candidates must  be in grade 11 or 12 and  must  submit a full application by Friday, December 1, 2017. The essay  must  be 1200 words in length on the following topic:

Aristotle said that “the aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance”. One might also agree with Keith Haring that art is not propaganda, but rather “it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination  and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating  it”. Keeping this in mind, choose a piece of art (whether a novel, short story, play, poem, song, video, film, painting, or sculpture, etc.) and explain how it inspires and speaks to the truth of pre-born life being precious.

The Interim started the Fr. Ted Scholarship in 2001 and Di Rocco said more than 850 high school students have participated in the scholarship program which is “inspired by the exemplary missionary and pro-life work of the late Father Ted Colleton, beloved member of the Spiritan Order.” Fr. Ted Colleton was also a long-time columnist of The Interim, with two collections of his columns becoming best-sellers.

Applicants can write their essays in either English (see flyer HERE) or French see flyer HERE, and their application must include a letter of reference and a resume of their pro-life activities. Di Rocco said many students are also inspired to become active in pro-life after participating in the contest.

Di Rocco urges educators, clergy, parents, and grandparents to promote the contest to Grade 11 and 12 students, whether they are enrolled in public or private schools or are homeschooled. Di Rocco, a former high school principal, suggests that teachers incorporate the topic in their lessons and the contest rules permit essays submitted for class to be entered for the scholarship.

The scholarship offers prizes of $1500, $800 and $500 respectively for the top three prizes. Essays and application forms must be received by Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. For more information check HERE on The Interim website or email Di Rocco at dirocco@theinterim.com.

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