High School Essay Competition

2018–2019 CBN-MC High School Scholarship Application

The High School Essay Competition has now closed

The Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County (“CBN-MC”) is delighted to announce its 17th 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 21, 2018.

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 2019.


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

Essay Question:

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus delivers the Beatitudes to the Apostles as a code to live by. Jesus teaches us that we must live the Beatitudes to lead a fulfilling Christian life.


Matthew’s gospel shares with us the words of Jesus below:

“When he saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him.
He began to teach them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”


The Beatitudes are a powerful guide for Christians to live their faith. Living our faith is how we show our outward love to God.


In a 250-500 word essay, describe the meaning of the Beatitudes and how you live these blessings in your daily life. Cite the Beatitudes you reference and give examples of how you show your outward love. Additionally, please also write a new, “ninth”, Beatitude and define the importance of such a blessing in our modern world.

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.