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KofC Essay Contest

The Knights of Columbus Essay Contest

The 2015-16 Knights of Columbus Essay Contest

Diocesan Chairman Peter Scott

The Knights of Columbus Essay Contest is open to all Catholic students — in public, private or parochial schools, grades 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 during the current school year. The contest progresses through different levels of competition to the international level.

The 2015-16 theme for the essay this year remains unchanged, “The Importance of Religious Freedom.”

The Diocesan contest submissions deadline is midnight Friday March 4, 2016, meaning all mailed entries must be  postmarked prior to or by this deadline. District Deputies may contact me for specific shipping or delivery information and if they have a problem with mail delivery they may scan and e-mail a copy of the essay, provided the mailed copy meets the postmark deadline.

I will accept first and second place essays from each District for each grade, Essays may be in French or English for the Diocesan level competition as either language is eligible for Supreme level competition. Only Diocesan competition first place essays will be forwarded to Supreme.

Guidelines and Judging information is available at Supreme website:


Due to low participation, youth who actually participate have a great chance of advancing through the competition levels. Two students from Oakville were among the 15 winning essays at the International level.

District Deputies are asked to confirm these deadlines to their councils in order that Youth Directors can coordinate this contest into their youth activity program.

Should you have further questions, please contact me by email or by phone 613.545.4052.

Thank you for including the Essay Contest in your Youth Program.