Founders' Scholarship

Each year, Wyoming Catholic College offers full-tuition scholarships to select members of the incoming Freshmen class through its Founders’ Scholarship Competition.

In these intense, weekend-long retreats, the best high school students from across the country will discuss, debate, question, and think about great texts and great ideas on the highest possible level.

Over three days, invitees will attend WCC classes, discover Wyoming’s sublimely beautiful landscape, practice rhetoric in both speech and writing, and discuss a topic of their choice with professors in small, Oxford-style tutorials.

Who can Participate

Participants must be high school seniors who have submitted a complete academic application to Wyoming Catholic College.  Applicants must indicate their interest in the competition by using the form below.  The College will invite students to attend one of these weekends, based upon the overall excellence of the application essay, standardized test scores, and high school GPA.

Competition Dates and Deadlines
The College will hold competition weekends on November 8th-11th and on March 14th-17th. Students wishing to compete in the first weekend must have submitted an admissions application by October 23rd.  Students wishing to compete the second weekend must submit their application by February 23rd.  Those who believe they cannot meet this deadline should contact program director Jonathan Rensch at

The Fall Competition: Details and Theme

Dostoevsky famously said, “beauty will save the world,” and in a world of ugliness nothing could be more provocative or more hopeful.

But what is beauty? And how can it save the world?

Participants will address these questions through three academic exercises: (1) participate in a seminar and write an essay, (2) give a 5-minute oration, and (3) participate in an Oxford-style tutorial.

On Friday afternoon, candidates will participate in a WCC-style seminar discussion on Plato’s Phaedrus, personally led by the Academic Dean. They will then have two hours to write an essay on a question from the same reading.

On Saturday, all invitees will compete in a rhetoric competition, delivering five-minute speeches which relate a personal experience of beauty and argue for whether or not beauty can save the modern world.

One of the greatest aspects of Wyoming Catholic College is that the faculty and students develop true friendship with one another. The Oxford-style tutorial is the first step in developing this friendship. The faculty will be able to see how the students think and interact, but at the same time the students will be able to see how our faculty think and interact.

The weekend will conclude with the Presidential Banquet; select students will deliver their orations as pre-dinner speeches.

Travel for Fall Competition

Students accepted into the competition should make arrangements to be in Lander by 7 pm on Thursday, November 8th.  They are free to leave any time before 2:00 pm on November 11th.

The College will run a complimentary shuttle for participants to and from Denver International Airport (DIA).  Students wishing to take advantage of the shuttle should arrive in Denver airport by 11:30 am on November 8th.  Students using the shuttle to return to Denver airport are advised not to book flights with departure times before 2:00 pm on November 11th.

Students arriving in Denver International Airport should collect their baggage and proceed to baggage carousel number 12 in the Jeppesen Terminal.  This is on the west side of the building between doors 512 and 514.  A college employee will be there to meet participants starting at 9:30 am.  On the following Sunday, students will be dropped off as close as possible to the check-in area of their airline.

The College will provide lodging for all participants.  There is no need to book a hotel or other lodging in Lander.

The Spring Competition: Details and Theme

Details for the Spring Competition will be posted on December 15th, 2018.

Contact Information
For more information about the Founders’ Scholarship please call our Admissions Office at 307-335-4421 or email

Founders’ Scholarship Competition Weekend Request

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Submitting this form does not guarantee you a spot in a Founders’ Competition Weekend.  Make sure that you submit your academic application materials by the above deadlines.  The admissions office will contact you to inform you of your acceptance into the competition weekend.  


Fall 2018 FSC Competitors' Page