Three Kansas students win Sisters’ scholarships

January 19, 2009 by

Three young Catholic women will receive scholarships from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, Kan., in celebration of the order’s 125th anniversary of its service in Kansas.

Entrants wrote essays addressing the sisters’ mission of “unity and reconciliation” through a wide variety of works. In no more than 2,000 words they were asked to answer, “How do I resonate with this mission? Where do I see a need for unity and reconciliation and how would I live out the mission?”

Sara Allen

Sara Allen

SARA ALLEN of Hays is the first-place winner and will receive a $1,500 scholarship. Allen, 20, is a graduate of Thomas More Prep-Marian in Hays, and is now a junior majoring in sociology at Fort Hays State University. She is from St. Nicholas Myra Parish in Hays. Click HERE to read Sara’s essay.

Bridget Baker

Bridget Baker

BRIDGET BAKER of Morrowville is the second-place winner and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Baker, 18, is a graduate of Washington County High School and is now a freshman at Kansas State University majoring in horticulture. Click HERE to read Bridget’s essay.

Lea Anne Diederich

Lea Anne Diederich

LEA ANNE DIEDERICH of Hanover is the third-place winner and will receive a $500 scholarship. She is 18 and will major in biology. Lea Anne hopes to become an occupational therapist. Click HERE to read Lea Anne’s essay.

The essay contest was open to Catholic women ages 17 to 22, who live within the Diocese of Salina and are active in their local parishes.

The Sisters of St. Joseph is a religious order of women who came to Concordia, Kan., in 1883 and established the Nazareth Convent and Academy. The sisters opened their first school in this area when the Leavenworth diocese encompassed the whole state of Kansas, before the Salina diocese existed. In 1884 they opened Nazareth Academy in Concordia, and then quickly staffed schools in Abilene, Beloit, St. Joseph, Tipton, Herndon and many other towns and cities. They have a long-standing dedication to education and hopes to encourage young women to pursue higher education through this scholarship opportunity.


One Response to “Three Kansas students win Sisters’ scholarships”

  1. David Anderson on January 6th, 2019 3:58 pm

    Good afternoon. I am writing to ask if you will be offering a scholarship this year. I am a senior at Sacred Heart Jr. Sr. High School in Salina, KS. Sr. Pauline Kukula was my Religion teacher in 7th & 8th grade. I will be graduating this May and plan to attend either Kansas State University or Benedictine.
    Can you please let me know? Thank you.

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