Youth Scholastic Programs



Key Dates for Youth Scholastic Programs


Essay Contest for Grades 8-12:

Deadline for ordering Essay Contest Kits is September 1 -

     Order form EA-KIT

Due at March 2015 State Quarterly meeting

Theme: The Importance of Religious Freedom”

Awarded at Annual Meeting


Poster Contest for ages 8-11 and 12-14:

Deadline for ordering Poster Contest Kits is September 1 -

     Order form SA-KIT

Due at March 2015 Quarterly meeting

Theme: Substance Abuse

Awarded at Annual Meeting


Virginia Fr. Bader Scholarships for rising College Freshmen:

Application period 1 January – 31 March annually

Deadline to Scholarship Chairman not later than 31 March annually

Turn in at March 2016 Quarterly Meeting strongly preferred. Awarded at Annual Meeting


Young Man and Young Woman of the Year Nominations

Due not later than 31 March, Preferred at March 2016 Quarterly meeting


Supreme Council Scholarships for rising College Freshmen:

Due to Supreme not later than March 1, 2015


Poster Topic: Substance Abuse

Hints for greater contest participation:


- Parish bulletin announcement(s) with due date, topic and point of contact

- Parish bulletin insert to reach public school students

- Parish pulpit announcement(s)

- Flyer on Council vestibule bulletin board

- Flyer distributed to appropriate CCD classes

- Flyer to local Schools and parish CCD bulletin boards

- Flyer to appropriate grade students/parents in parish school

- Flyer to Parish Youth Groups and Scouting Troops

- Engage Squires and Squire Roses


Benefits to youth of participation:


- Academic, Literary, artistic and Composition challenge

- A good grade (if school teachers assign it)

- Resume bullet for HS juniors and seniors

- Recognition for participants and winners

- Monetary reward for Supreme winners

- Opportunity to be heard and contribute to public discourse

- Opportunity to speak to senior Lay leaders

- Improve research skills; be informed on religious and social issues

- Strengthen their faith

- Opportunity to think about what they really think


Benefits to Parish & Council of youth participation:


- Opportunity to Engage youth

- Opportunity to Challenge youth

- Opportunity to Reward youth

- Opportunity to Listen to youth

- Opportunity to Learn from youth


One of the requirements for winning the State Deputy's Award is that a council submit nominations for both Young Man of the Year and Young Woman of the Year.


A complete description of the Young Man / Young Woman of the Year Awards Program can be found HERE.


A fillable PDF nomination form for Young Man and Young Woman of the Year candidates is available HERE.

Father Bader Scholarship Program


Virginia's Father Bader Scholarship honors the memory of Fr. Michael J. Bader, who entered the priesthood in 1989 after a long career in business and the military, at the age of 62. He was a deacon at St. James Church in Hopewell, and after ordination was assigned as parochial vicar at St. Jerome's in Newport News.  He had been active for years in the Knights of Columbus, serving as Grand Knight of Bishop Russell Council 6143 and Faithful Navigator of Patrick Henry Assembly 1720, both in Danville. He died an untimely death at the age of 65.


The program awards monetary scholarships in two different catetories:


  1. Brother Knight Financial Need Program:  Brother Knights in good standing and their wives, or the widows of brother Knights, who resided in Virginia at time of death and were in good standing, can apply for a scholarship to assist them in their educational goals. The amount of the scholarship will be based on the dire financial need of the applicant. Scholarships under this category can be made by an applicant at any time during the fraternal year and the number of awards each year is at the discretion of the Virginia State Deputy and is governed by the available balance of the scholarship program fund account(s).
  2. High School Graduate Program: Annual competition is among eligible graduating High School seniors who are going on to higher education in the fall. This program is open to all children and grandchildren of Knights who are in good standing in a council in Virginia, or were in good standing at the time of death.  Scholarship awards under this category will be based on the whole person and the financial status of the applicant. The application period opens annually on January 1st of each year and closes on March 31. Special Note: Beginning in 2016 members of Columbian Squires and Columbian Squire Roses in good standing in a Circle in Virginia are able to apply even though their father may not be a member of the Knights of Columbus.





About the Fr. Bader Scholarship Program


Fr. Bader Scholarship Application Information


Fr. Bader Scholarship Application Forms


Form BF-1 - Applicant and Family Information (to be completed by the student applicant and his/her parents)


Form BF-2 - Membership Certification (to be completed by the Financial Secretary of the member's council)


Form BF-3 - High School Certification (to be completed by the student's high school principal, counselor or authorized preparer)


Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest


Eligibility:  The Catholic Citizenship Essay Contest is open to all Catholic students in Public, Private, Parochial schools, and Home Schoolers in grades 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 for the upcoming school year, 2015-2016.  Similar to Soccer Challenge and Free Throw, packets can be ordered from Supreme, attention Department of Fraternal Services, 1 Columbus Plaza, New Haven, CT 06510.  Telephone 203-752-4270.


Details Available at:


Theme: Catholic Citizenship Essay Theme “The Importance of Religious Freedom!


Judging:  As in last year’s judging, teachers from the various Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Arlington and Richmond will be asked to judge the essays at the state level. once the overall winners have been judged and submitted up through each District, at  each grade levels, 8-12.  If you do not have an entry for a particular grade, simply submit what you have as an overall winner within your District.


Timetable:  The Council participation form (#4216) is due into Supreme no later than January 30, 2015. The following key dates apply to the actual essay submissions. DDs, GKs, FNs establish their own program dates consistent with State and Supreme dates:


Council/Assembly/District Programs: September 2015 – February 2016

State level Judging: March, 2016 (due not later than March Quarterly meeting)

Supreme due date: April 15, 2016


Essay Entry Forms:  Please do not put students’ names or Council numbers on the essay itself; only on the Essay Contest Entry Form. Grand Knights will sign off as verification on the form(s).


STATE SUBMISSION:  District Deputies are requested to bring their District winners to the March Quarterly meeting.

The State winners and runners up in the Christmas 2015 Virginia KCIC Poster Contest are:


Age 5-7:

Madelyn Brown, submitted by Council 7877, District 11


Age 8-10:

Nicole Zajac, submitted by Council 459, District 13


Age 11-14:

Ayma Syeda, submitted by Council 5750, District 13


Winning entries HERE

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