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Knights of Columbus Missouri State Council Scholarship Information:
Eleven different scholarships in five programs are offered by the Missouri State Council. To be eligible, the applicant must be a member of a Knights of Columbus Council located in Missouri. A son, daughter, legal ward, or wife of a member of the Knights of Columbus in good standing living or at the time of his death; or a Squire or Columbus Girl in good standing is eligible. Each scholarship has an annual value of $1000 each, payable in installments of $500 each semester. Additional information, including an application is available on the Missouri State Council's Website. . Applications are due on February 15.
The five programs (11 Scholarships) are:
4 Luke E. Hart Memorial Scholarships are awarded to recipients who must attend one of the branches of the University of Missouri, in Columbia, St. Louis, Rolla, or Kansas City.
3 Missouri State Scholarships are awarded. Recipients may attend any accredited university, college, or technical school beyond high school.
1 Cardinal Bernard F. Law Scholarship is awarded to a recipients who must attend an accredited seminary, university, or college of his/her choice for studying for a vocation to the religious life.
2 Vocation Scholarships are awarded to recipients who may attend an accredited seminary, university, or college of his/her choice for studying for a vocation to the religious life. If no applications are received from individuals desiring to attend a seminary, or be a postulant in a religious community, then these scholarships may be awarded to individuals wishing to attend any other accredited university or college, with preferences given to those attending a Catholic institution.
1 Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship is awarded to a member of the State Ladies Auxiliary. She may attend any type of higher education, university, college, or technical school for the betterment of her life.
ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible for the Hart and Missouri State scholarships, the applicant MUST be:
- A member of the Knights of Columbus; OR
- The son, daughter, or wife of a member of the Knights of Columbus; OR
- The son, daughter, or wife of a deceased member of the Knights of Columbus; OR
- A Squire or Columbus Girl in good standing, attested to by the Chief Counselor and GK; OR
- A minor child whose LEGAL GUARDIAN is a member of the Knights of Columbus.
The applicant must obtain the certification of the Grand Knight and the Financial Secretary of the local Council to verify membership. Member is defined as a member in good standing of a Council within the Missouri Jurisdiction.
Applicants for the Cardinal Law or Vocations scholarships must be approved by one of the Missouri Dioceses or by a religious order located in Missouri. The membership requirements do NOT apply.
Applicants for the Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship must be a member in good standing of a Ladies Auxiliary of a Council or Assembly within the Missouri Jurisdiction as attested to by the President and Treasurer of the local Auxiliary.
Scholarship winners are selected on the basis of Catholic citizenship, community service, scholarship, and financial need. The recipients are selected by a Committee of the Knights of Columbus as appointed by the State Deputy. Payments are made directly to the institution AFTER proof of successful enrollment in good standing is provided to the scholarship Committee.
Completed applications using only the 2009 application form, and required certification forms must be postmarked no later than FEBRUARY 15, of each yaer in order to be considered. Applications will be available on the MOKOFC web page.
Applications should be mailed to:
J. Y. Miller, Scholarship Committee Chairman
322 2nd St.
Glasgow, MO 65254 660-338-2105
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For the 2007-08 academic year, the Knights of Columbus awarded scholarships totaling more than $1.5 million to 707 students.
Most recipients are the children of Knights or Knights working toward bachelor’s degrees at Catholic colleges and Catholic universities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico and the Philippines.
These figures include $303,750 in grants to 124 seminarians in the United States and Canada.
PRO DEO and PRO PATRIA Scholarships
• Sixty-two (62) scholarships for undergraduate studies in the amount of $1500 are awarded in this program to members and the sons or daughters of a member or deceased member. Ten (10) of these scholarships are awarded for studies at the Catholic University of America and forty-eight (48) are awarded for studies at any Catholic College of the student’s choice in the U.S., Mexico, Puerto Rico, or the Philippines. Four (4) additional scholarships are awarded annually to members of the Columbian Squires.
• These fellowships are established for work in the fields offered in the graduate school of the Catholic University of America. The fellowships cover tuition, room, and board and may be renewed annually up to three years. Detailed information on these programs is available in the Financial Aid To Education pamphlet #951 or by writing directly to: Director of Scholarship Aid, P.O. Box 1670, New Haven, CT 06507.
The Father Michael J. McGivney and Bishop Thomas V. Daily Vocations Scholarships Funds provide scholarships to students in the first four years of theology pursuing a vocation to the priesthood. In 2005 - 2006, 41 new scholarships were awarded. The Father McGivney scholarships are awarded on the basis of need and applicants must provide information to establish financial need. Bishop Daily scholarships are merit based and applicants must include a copy of their most recent transcript and two letters of recommendation. Each grant of $2,500 for tuition, room and board is renewable up to a maximum of four years upon evidence of continued enrollment and eligibility. The scholarship is not in effect during any year of pastoral internship. An applicant having appropriate ecclesiastical approval, accepted at a major seminary and studying for a diocese or religious institute in the United States, its territories, or Canada is eligible. Preference is given, but is not limited to, applicants who are members of the Knights of Columbus or who are the sons of Knights. Applications for vocations scholarships are due June 1.
36 John W. McDevitt (Fourth Degree) Scholarships awarded annually to applicants entering the freshman year of undergraduate study at a Catholic college or university in the United States, and a member in good standing of the Knights of Columbus or the wife, widow, son or daughter of such a member or deceased member, and is not limited to Fourth Degree members. These academic-based scholarships of $1,500 each.
The Francis P. Matthews and John E. Swift Educational Trust Fund provides scholarships for dependent children of a member in good standing who died or became permanently and totally disabled while serving in the military from a cause connected directly with military service during a period of conflict, or as a result of criminal violence directed against him while in the lawful performance of his duties as a full-time firefighter or full-time law enforcement officer. They are for undergraduate studies in a program leading to a bachelor’s degree at a Catholic college or university and include the amount not covered by other financial aid for tuition, room and board only. A candidate for benefits is required to submit supporting documents to establish eligibility. The Knights of Columbus membership record is verified at the Supreme Council Office.
Endowed Scholarships. The Knights of Columbus offers a limited number of endowed scholarships provided from earnings of funds established in the donors' names. In accepting these gifts, the Order's Board of Directors voted to administer endowed scholarships in conformance with the rules of the Fourth Degree Pro Deo and Pro Patria Scholarship program, subject to the donors' wishes. The Anthony J. LaBella Endowed Scholarships are awarded for academic excellence, while the Percy J. Johnson Endowed Scholarships are awarded to men and the Frank L. Goularte Endowed Scholarships to all students on the basis of financial need. Accordingly, a copy of the Student Aid Report (SAR) is required with the application.
Bishop Charles P. Greco Graduate Fellowships are awarded annually to students enrolled in a full-time master’s degree program designed for teachers of people with intellectual disabilities. The maximum amount of the grant is $2,000 payable to the university in amounts not to exceed $500 per semester. An applicant must be a member in good standing of the Knights of Columbus or the wife, son or daughter of such a member or deceased member.
Knights of Columbus Fellowships at The Catholic University of America. In 1907, at the instigation of the Most Rev. John Cardinal Glennon, Archbishop of St. Louis, the Knights of Columbus established an endowment fund at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. for graduate study leading to a master's or doctoral degree. The fellowships were designed chiefly to train exceptional students in graduate work in the arts and sciences, with particular reference to preparing graduates to teach at the university level. Fellowships cover tuition and an allowance for living expenses, and may be renewed annually for three years. Preference is given to a Knight, or the wife, son, daughter or sister of a Knight. The Graduate School of The Catholic University of America administers this fellowship program for applicants it has accepted for admission.
Sister Thea Bowman Foundation-Knights of Columbus Scholarships. In 1996, the Order's Board of Directors partnered with the Sister Thea Bowman Black Educational Foundation to establish a four-year grant in the amount of $37,500 per year to support deserving African-American students pursuing a Catholic college education. Recipients of these scholarships are not necessarily the sons or daughters of Knights.
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