Ancient Order of Hibernians Annual Essay Competition

Ancient Order of Hibernians is an Irish-Catholic men’s service group that performs multiple charitable works and acts of friendship, supports the Catholic Church and promotes all things Irish. In conjunction with Kansas City Irish Fest, they will be awarding five student scholarships through their annual essay competition.

Amount: $750 (five scholarships awarded)

• Attending a Catholic high school in the 2020-21 school year
• Lives in the Kansas City-St. Joseph or Kansas City, Kansas Diocese

Application: Students who meet these criteria are eligible to apply HERE by submitting an application and a 500-word essay. Entries are due Monday, Nov. 30.

The Will Lueckenhoff Memorial Scholastic Scholarship

Will Lueckenhoff was an active parishioner at St. Bernadette’s Catholic Church, a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, and a 1972 graduate of Archbishop O’Hara. He and his wife Trina, a 1973 graduate of St. Mary’s, lived nearby SMA and closely followed the funding and construction of the building, finding it uniquely special that the school was founded on the legacy of both of their alma maters. For that reason the Lueckenhoff Family, in conjunction with the Ancient Order of Hibernians, has established an annual scholarship designated for an SMA student in memory of Will.

Amount: $3,000

Minimum 2.5 GPA
Received a financial aid award in the top two tiers this year based on completion of FACTS Tuition application

Application: Click HERE to download the application and essay instructions. Entries are due Monday, Nov. 30. (The application is similar to the AOH Annual Essay Competition listed above, but the winner will be selected only from SMA applicants.) 

Questions? Contact Stacy Needels, Director of Development, at or 816.499.8609.





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