Denver, Colo., Oct 20, 2016 / 02:02 pm (CNA).- If you've been waiting for the extra push to pursue a master's degree in theology, this scholarship opportunity might be exactly what you need.
The Augustine Institute's Graduate School of Theology, a Catholic theological school offering formation in the New Evangelization, has announced its fourth annual St. John Paul II scholarship competition, in which four winners will be awarded full-tuition scholarships starting in the 2017-2018 academic year.
“The Institute is particularly looking for men and women with an ardent desire to proclaim the Truth of the Gospel in and through the spiritual and corporal works of mercy,” the Augustine Institute’s Academic Dean, Dr. Christopher Blum, told CNA.
“We are sure to have many more qualified applicants than we can bring to Denver as finalists, so the competition will be significant,” he said.
Over the past four years, the Augustine Institute – located in Denver, Colorado – has offered various students full-ride scholarship opportunities, which has proven successful for the Denver community, the Institute, and the scholars themselves.
”The John Paul II scholars have enjoyed remarkable internship opportunities here in Denver,” Dr. Blum noted.
“They have served as student-teachers in archdiocesan schools, missionaries with the homeless and college students, catechists at local parishes, and some we have placed with apostolates such as RealLifeCatholic or have been able to incorporate into the Institute's own apostolic work,” he said.
When choosing among the many individuals who are eager to pursue a Master’s in theology, the Augustine Institute’s scholarship committee will screen the applicants and choose twelve finalists who will make the journey to Denver on January 12, 2017 for final interviews.
Dr. Blum said that “the deciding factor typically has to do with how applicants demonstrate their commitment to serve the Church's mission of evangelization. Leading candidates have often spent several years working in parishes or schools or with apostolates of one kind or another.”
In addition, “the St. John Paul II award is bestowed on those students who demonstrate themselves to be devout servants of Christ and His Church and who show significant potential as leaders in the New Evangelization,” an Oct. 11 press release stated.
Although only four applicants are chosen for the full-tuition scholarships, many runner-ups are given the opportunity for partial scholarships to the Augustine Institute.
More information about the Augustine Institute and the St. John Paul II Scholarship is available at: https://www.augustineinstitute.org/scholarship-competition/