The St. Joseph the Worker Scholarship – for incoming 9th grade students

HISTORY: Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, in his 2013 Christmas address to the Curia stated that the church needs, “People who work with competence, precision and self-sacrifice in the fulfillment of their daily duties.” One saintly model of this faithful work ethic is St. Joseph the Worker.

SCHOLARSHIP: Holy Spirit Academy will award a $500 scholarship to one incoming freshman that completes his or her first quarter of the academic year, by essay selection. The “St. Joseph the Worker Scholarship” hopes to exemplify the school’s dedication to holy work in both staff and students.

CRITERIA: Creatively written by an incoming 9th grade student. 500 word maximum. Topic to be covered: “Importance of Good Work Ethic in Today’s Society.” The recipient will be selected on an anonymous basis by the benefactor of the scholarship. Thank you to a generous anonymous donor for supporting this scholarship.  Pray for us, St. Joseph!

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Essays are due no later than April 20th. Eligible students must be enrolled at Holy Spirit Academy in order to apply.


Holy Spirit Academy

Attn: Scholarship Committee

1001 7th Street East, Suite 1

Monticello, MN 55362



The chosen essay winner will be announced by May 1, 2021 (Feast of St. Joseph the Worker). Once the student completes his or her first quarter of the academic year, they will receive the scholarship to offset the next semester’s tuition. If the winning student does not meet all requirements of the scholarship, the scholarship dollars will be held for the next academic year.