Win the Thomas More Scholarship
Record a Short Video and Win A $500 Scholarship
How To Win Thomas More Scholarship
Apply to win in 4 easy steps:
Answer this question: why is truth important?
2 – 3 min Video: Answer this question by recording a short 2 – 3 minute video. Talk behind a desk. Sing your answer. Shout it from a mountain top. It’s up to you how you record your answer. (Note: *For privacy reasons, do not record another person in your video.*)
Application Form: Fill out the application form above.
Send A YouTube Link: Send us your video file (through the application form above) in the form of a YouTube link.
Scholarship will be awarded on August 1, 2018
A message from James Minick on the importance of this scholarship
The sentencing scene from the movie “A Man For All Seasons”
Why the “Thomas More” Scholarship?
In an age when many political leaders seem to have gone from bending the truth, to abandoning it, and when the media is constantly on trial for fake news our country is desperately in need for young leaders who are willing to speak and stand up for the truth.
Thomas More, is the patron saint of lawyers and a defender of truth. He was put to death because he would not acknowledge King Henry VIII as the head of the Church of England. His conscience would not allow him to proclaim that which he knew to be false. The truth was more important to Thomas More than life itself. More was not some rouge revolutionary, but a highly regarded Statesman, who loved his country and wished to serve his sovereign. Despite the power of his position and his reputation, More chose truth above all else.
As John Paul II wrote about More “Wherever men or women heed the call of truth, their conscience then guides their actions reliably towards good. Precisely because of the witness which he bore, even at the price of his life, to the primacy of truth over power, Saint Thomas More is venerated as an imperishable example of moral integrity.”
The primacy of truth over power.
We need young leaders who have a moral compass which points always towards the truth. In your video submission, be a soundboard for why truth is important in our world.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the winner selected?
Students are evaluated and selected based on the content of their video as well as their performance in delivering that content. The Scholarship Committee is looking for such qualities as the ability to articulate ideas and principles clearly and effectively and the quality of the rhetorical abilities of each applicant.
Who is Thomas More?
Thomas More stood up to King Henry VIII in defense of the one, true King, Jesus Christ.
In 1533, More refused to attend the coronation of Anne Boylen, who was now the Queen of England. More instead wrote a letter of congratulations. The letter, as opposed to his direct presence offended Henry greatly. The king viewed More’s absence as an insult to his new queen and an undermining of his authority as head of the church and state.
More ascended the scaffold on July 6, 1535, joking to his executioners to help him up the scaffold, but that he would see himself down. He then made a final statement, proclaiming that he was “the king’s good servant, but God’s first.”
More stood up to King Henry VIII in defense of the one, true King, Jesus Christ. Like More, we should be inspired to stand up for what is true.
Thomas More became a notable statesman and esteemed scholar by dedicating his life to the pursuit and study of truth.
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