2024 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.

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.

For College/university/trade school applicants:

  • What are the motivations behind your selection of the specific major or course of study?
  • What factors will influence your decision to choose the college/university/trade school and the field of study?

For applicants starting senior year in high school:

  • What are your favorite subjects and what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
  • Will you be applying for college/university/trade school and, if so, where and why? If not, what are your plans?

Question 2: (maximum 350 words)

Review the projects on the International Kolping site and tell us which project, if any, is of interest to you and why.

Source: www.kolping.net/en/about-us/our-projects/

Question 3: (maximum 75 words)

From your own experience or by reading The Life and Work of Father Kolping, how would you characterize and/or explain the Kolping organization to a friend.

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. Submit all essay responses as a separate document from the application form.

Applications should be submitted to kolpingus@gmail.com no later than April 30, 2024.

Program Overview


1. Candidates must be in or entering:

a. senior year of high school in the Fall of 2024;
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 2023 will not be eligible until 2025.  High school seniors who were awarded a scholarship in 2023 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 31, 2024 — Scholarship program posted and applications are available
April 30, 2024 — Scholarship applications due
By May 30, 2024 — Scholarship reviewed and winners selected
By June 30, 2024 — Recipients contacted and money awarded