The John Paul II Scholars at the Augustine Institute

The John Paul II Scholars at the Augustine Institute are faithful, gifted, and vibrant potential leaders being trained to make a significant and lasting contribution to the New Evangelization.

Enjoying a full scholarship for the Graduate School of the Augustine Institute, the John Paul II Scholars also work as apostolic interns for one of the Institute’s programs or for another Catholic apostolate in Denver. As paid student workers, the John Paul II Scholars hone their skills for the apostolate under the direction of a mentor and, in some cases, also a field supervisor. Once their two-year course of studies and training has come to an end, they will have the Institute’s nation-wide network of ecclesial partners as resources for placement.

The John Paul II Scholars must be full-time graduate students at the Augustine Institute campus in Denver, Colorado. Successful candidates will demonstrate a clear Catholic identity, aptitude for theological studies, leadership potential, and the ability to make an immediate contribution to the Institute’s apostolic internship program.

The Selection Process

To be considered for the John Paul II Scholars program, candidates must complete an application to the Graduate School of the Augustine Institute, making sure that their letters of recommendation testify to the candidate’s Catholic identity and leadership potential. In addition to their general application essay, applicants are asked to write an additional essay of approximately 1,500 words in answer to the question: “What are the essential qualities of a leader in the New Evangelization?”

*For full consideration, all materials should be received by the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12, 2014).

Finalists will be interviewed on campus in January, 2015, by the John Paul II Scholars committee of the Augustine Institute:

Christopher O. Blum, Ph.D., Professor of History & Philosophy and Academic Dean

Douglas Bushman, S.T.L., The Blessed John Paul II Chair of Theology for the New Evangelization

Edward Sri, S.T.D., Professor of Sacred Theology & Vice President for Mission

The Augustine Institute plans to name three John Paul II scholars for the entering class of August, 2015. The scholarships are guaranteed to renew so long as satisfactory progress toward the degree is maintained (3.00 cumulative GPA).

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