High School Essay Competition

2016–2017 CBN-MC High School Scholarship Application

* Deadline has passed *

The Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County (“CBN-MC”) is delighted to announce its 16th Annual Catholic High School Scholarship Awards. We invite all eligible individuals to enter an essay for consideration. The rules and procedures are set forth below. All essays must be received or postmarked by December 9, 2016.

CBN-MC will award scholarships to eighth grade students selected for the quality of their essays.  Students must reside in Montgomery County, Maryland and must be entering a Washington Metropolitan Area Catholic High School as a freshman in the fall of 2017. The scholarships are for the student’s freshman year. The awards will be presented at The Scholarship Awards Breakfast to be held on April 7, 2017. All winners, their parents, principals and pastors are invited as our guests at this event. Once attendance at an area Catholic High School is confirmed by the winners in July, 2017, checks will be sent directly to the high school in August, 2017.


To be eligible, students must be entering a Washington Metropolitan Area Catholic High School as a freshman in the fall of 2017.


Students must submit a typewritten essay according to the following. The Essay must be no more than 500 words, typewritten using Times Roman or Courier, minimum 12 point font, double-spaced and must be the student’s own work. The schools may use this as an assignment, but ungraded and unedited essays should be submitted to CBN-MC. PARENTS AND STUDENTS WILL BE ASKED TO SIGN A CERTIFICATION WITH THEIR ESSAY THAT THIS IS THE STUDENT’S OWN WORK PRODUCT. The essay must be well written and will be judged anonymously on style and grammar, clarity of content, innovation and creativity and conformity with topic.

The essay should be submitted in duplicate and have a cover page with the student’s name, address, phone number, email address, and the name of the school or parish, and must be SIGNED by the student AND parent/guardian as follows: “We certify that the attached essay is my own work product that has not otherwise been edited or revised.” The duplicate should be attached to the original but should not have the student’s name on it. It will be assigned a number by CBN-MC and essays will be sent randomly to volunteer judges (non-CBN-MC board members). All essays submitted will become the property of CBN-MC. CBN-MC reserves the right to make all final decisions regarding eligibility and interpretation of the rules. In the event for any reason the winners do not attend an area Catholic High School, the runner up in that category will receive the scholarship.

Essay Topic

Next Essay Topic will be released September 2018

About the CBN-MC High School Scholarship Program

Chair: Billy Cannon
Offit Kurman, PA

The committee administers the Essay Scholarship Competition, they select the topic, create the criteria and receive all the essays.  They select the primary and final panel of judges. Notify the winners, and their schools and arrange for them to attend our Scholarship breakfast in April. The scholarships are for one year, they range from $1,000 to $2,500 and are paid in August directly to the Catholic High School that the student attends. The money for the Scholarships comes directly from the sponsors of CBN MC.

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