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 2020-21 school year.

An ongoing partnership of the Padraig Pearse Division and the Kansas City Irish Fest continues, and we are pleased that two of the five awards will be sponsored by the KC Irish Fest. 

All applications must be completed and emailed to no later than midnight, Monday, November 30, 2020. When the AOH Scholarship Committee has received your completed application, you will receive an email acknowledging receipt within two days. You should notify us at the same email address if you do not receive that acknowledgement within 48 hours after your submission.

The application consists of three items, which must be submitted as a single Microsoft WORD File. These items are:

    1. Student Information page – this must be filled out completely. Click here to download the application. Complete the application directly on the downloaded document. Do not submit a photocopy of the Student Information page. Beyond the Student Information page, do not include headers, footers, or any narrative or other information that might identify you as the applicant.
    1. Activities page – provides you with the opportunity to tell us more about yourself and what would make you a good candidate for this award. Points are awarded in each category, so please provide a response in each section.
    1. Essay – Please provide us with a 500-word essay. The essay topic for 2020 is:

The Four Provinces of Ireland – Tell Us a Story In the 17th century, Ireland established four Provinces: Connacht, Leinster, Munster and Ulster. These provinces no longer serve administrative or political purposes but continue to function as historical and cultural entities. There are countless stories to be told about people, geography, events, battles, or culture. Applicants are to tell a story directly related to one of the four Ireland provinces. If this is new territory for you, here is a beginning reference source:

The essay must be double spaced in 12-point font. Each entry must contain a bibliography. Show references to the quotations used and any historical facts cited.

Each entry must be 500 words or less (you do not count “a”, “the”, or “and”) and the word count must appear at the end of the essay. Entries that do not include a correct word count or are over 500 words long will not be judged.

Each winner and at least one of their parents must be able to attend the awards presentation on Friday, January 15, 2021 beginning at 6:30 pm at Drexel Hall off Linwood Blvd between Broadway Blvd and Main Street. Kansas City’s Bishop James Johnston will attend and be part of the awards ceremony. Checks are made out to the awardee’s high schools.

Scholarship winners will be determined based upon the criteria set in the application and scored by Division judges. The reason we require Word documents is to allow us to mask the identity of all entrants during judging. Applications are scored in December, those selected for scholarships will be contacted no later than January 4, 2021. The AOH can opt to award fewer than six scholarships at the discretion and recommendation of the judges.

Below is a statement on plagiarism developed by the AOH Scholarship Committee, please review carefully:

Your submission is intended to be your original work of research and exposition. Plagiarism of source material, aside from limited documented quotations will not be tolerated and could subject an application to be disqualified at the judges’ sole discretion.


Thank you for your effort in responding to this invitation and your interest in Irish history. WE expect an interesting and competitive set of applications and wish you all the best.

Questions should be emailed to Kurt Killen at

2020 AOH Scholarship Committee