2023 Natonal Kolping Scholarship Program

The Kolping Society of America has re-established its scholarship program to promote continuing education and training among its members and members’ families. Scholarships will be extended to high school students, college/university students and those attending a trade school. The objective of the scholarship is to help defer the cost associated with school activities (ex. Books, computers, tuition/fees, tools, etc.). The Program Overview of the qualifications, scholarship details, selection criteria, and timeline is provided below, or a PDF can be downloaded here. The application can be downloaded here.

The theme of this year’s scholarship program is :

“Kolping: The Next 100 Years”

With this in mind, we are asking applicants to answer the three essay questions below. Please know, we will be rating responses based on a scale of 30 points, with each response meeting specific requirements. Points will be awarded as follows:

3 points: Following directions, namely submitting responses in the file format, font, font size, word count specified, and the submittal on or before the due date.

2 points: Committee members will have 2 discretionary points which they can award any applicant who they feel did an outstanding job.

5 points: Question 1

10 points: Question 2

10 points: Question 3


Essay Questions

Question 1: (maximum 350 words)
  • Tell us something about yourself.
  • Have you participated in a Kolping event, please explain? If not, why not?
  • How will you use the funds from this scholarship program?
Question 2: (maximum 350 words)

The attached article is about Father Kolping and his life.

  • What in his teachings do you think will still be important and relevant to society
    in the next 100 years?
Question 3: (maximum 350 words)

Kolping was first started in the United States in St. Louis on May 17,1856 by German immigrant journeymen, who wanted to continue their association with Father Kolping and his works.

  • Why do you think your family is involved?
  • What do you think we can do to continue to be an active, viable organization in the future?
Requirements for essay submission: (3 points)

Please submit your essays in a Microsoft Word file format using 12 font size in Arial, Times Roman or Helvetia font type. If you do not have MS Word, indicate it in your submission and provide a PDF or a Google Doc Link. Submit all essay responses as a separate document from the application form.

Program Overview


1. Candidates must be in or entering:

a. senior year of high school;
b. an accredited college or university;
c. an accredited trade school

2. Candidates must be active Kolping members or an immediate family member of an active Kolping member.

a. Immediate family will be defined as spouse, child, grandchild or great-grandchild.
b. “Active” is defined as a member who is current with their dues for at least two years.

3. There is no age requirement.

4. College students who were awarded a scholarship in 2022 will not be eligible until 2024.  High school seniors who were awarded a scholarship in 2022 can apply for the college-level scholarship.

Scholarship details:

Seven (7) scholarships of $3,000 will be available for qualified college, university and/or trade school candidates and four (4) $1,000 scholarships will be available for high school applicants.

Selection Criteria:

1. The Scholarship Committee will recommend the number of scholarships available, the topics of the scholarship and the selection criteria.
2. All applications received by the designated due date will be reviewed by the Scholarship Committee.
3. Applicants will be judged based on quality of content and ability to follow directions.

4. The Scholarship Committee is not required to award all monies allocated.


March 15, 2023 — Scholarship program posted and applications are available
April 30, 2023 — Scholarship applications due
By May 30, 2023 — Scholarship reviewed and winners selected
By June 30, 2023 — Recipients contacted and money awarded