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Jun 18, 2021 at 5:00 - Jun 18, 2021 at 5:00

Osage County Essay Contest on Life Issues

Sponsored by:
Vitae Foundation & Alphonse J. Schwartze Community Foundation
“Encouraging A Culture of Life”

For the 14th year in a row the Vitae Foundation has been awarded a generous grant from the Alphonse J. Schwartze Community Foundation, which will provide an opportunity to spread its message of life to the “Cardinals Nation.”  Vitae will be able to advertise during all 162 games on the St. Louis Cardinals Radio Network, the largest radio network in Major League Baseball with 143 stations in eight states.  Additionally, a Vitae ad will appear on the Cardinals in-stadium video board multiple times prior to every home game.   

The contest is open to Osage County students (7th – 12th grade) who want to take a stand on life issues like abortion, bullying, elderly and child abuse, etc.  The contest is jointly sponsored by the Vitae Foundation and the Alphonse J. Schwartze Community Foundation. 

Two Grand Prizes winners will have a ceremonial first pitch opportunity in addition to four box seat tickets to a Cardinals Game.  The first 185 students who submit an essay will receive a one-of-a-kind cloth, reusable St. Louis Cardinals face mask.  Also, each teacher and principal with participating students will receive a face mask.  The Cardinals will also provide 4 box seat tickets to the winner in each of the 13 groups.

Every student who enters will be eligible for a drawing to win a $250 voucher, awarded by Vitae, to be used for an electronic item (iPad or laptop) to assist with their education.  Each teacher who has at least one student submit a qualifying submission will be eligible to win a $100 gift card provided by Vitae. 

In addition to those mentioned above, eligible students also include any 7th – 12th grader attending Osage County R-I (Chamois), Osage County R-II (Linn), Osage County R-III Fatima (Westphalia) and 7th – 8th graders attending the following schools in Osage County: St. Joseph Catholic School, Westphalia; Sacred Heart School, Rich Fountain; Immaculate Conception School, Loose Creek; Holy Family School, Freeburg; St. George School, Linn; and St. Mary School, Frankenstein.  It also includes Osage County 7th-12th graders who are homeschooled or attend school outside the county (example: live in Osage County and attend Helias Catholic High School). 

Contestants must compose an original handwritten or typed essay of 500-1,500 words on any life issues topic.  One submission per contestant is allowed, and all contestants must be residents of Osage County.  Entries may be submitted by email to by 5 p.m. on June 18, 2021.  All winners will be awarded four box seats tickets to a Cardinals game. 

Download Contest Flyer To see more information and contest guidelines.

  • Vitae understands that you have to combine research—facts—with an effective mode of delivery. This is what shifts people’s beliefs. We have the power to win this great pro-life struggle. Vitae has an indispensable role.

    Dinesh D’Souza, author and movie/documentary writer and producer


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