Thank you for your interest in our scholarship program.  It is the intent of the order to award five $750 scholarships to Catholic youth from the Kansas City area that plan to attend Catholic High School in the 2019-20 school year. An ongoing partnership with the Kansas City Irish Fest continues and one of the five awards will be presented as the KC Irish Fest Scholarship. Also, in memory of AOH life-member John Hughes and his family’s donation, one of the five scholarships will be the John Hughes Memorial Award.

 All submitted applications must be completed and delivered to the selection committee no later than July 4th, 2019.  All applications must be sent to  Upon receipt of your application you will receive an email acknowledging receipt, notify the same email address if you do not receive an acknowledgement.

The application consists of three items.  These items are:

  1. An application page filled out completely. (Please click here to download the application) Complete the application directly on the download page. Do not submit a photo copy of this application page. Beyond the first page, do not have headers, footers, or any narrative that might identify the applicant.
  2. The second page of the application provides you with the opportunity to tell us about yourself and what would make you a good candidate for this award. Each category awards points so please provide a response to all.
  3. Please provide us with a 500 word essay.  The essay for 2019 is “My Favorite Irish Song”.  Be as creative as you want, acceptable songs range from Irish ballads/rebel songs or the traditional songs heard around St. Patrick’s Day in the United States. You are welcome to select modern songs from groups like U2 or Dropkick Murphy. Just pick a song and in your essay tell us about its history and why it is your favorite. The essay should be double spaced in 12-point font.  Show the total number of words at the end of your essay (do not count “a” and “the”). A bibliography is required but not included in the word count. Show references to the quotations used and any historical facts cited.

All winners must be able to attend the awards presentation on August 8, 2019 at 6:30 pm in the all-purpose room at Redemptorist Church, 33rd and Broadway. Kansas City’s Bishop James Johnston will attend and be part of the ceremony. Checks are made out to the schools.

Scholarship winners will be determined based upon the criteria set in the application and how they are scored by volunteer judges (the reason we require Word documents is to allow us to mask all entries). Applications are scored in July, those selected for scholarships will be contacted no later than August 1. The AOH can opt to award fewer than five scholarships at the discretion and recommendation of the judges.

Questions should be emailed to Kurt Killen at