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Published on Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Newman Theological College Awards First-Ever Faith & Reason Scholarship

An incoming freshman to the new Bachelor of Arts in Catholic Studies program will have the costs of tuition covered after being awarded a $24,000 scholarship. Nearly a dozen applicants submitted their work to the scholarship committee but Jackie Cowley’s moving essay submission stood out.

Cowley was born in Vancouver and has lived there most of her life. After high school, she traveled to Spain where she embarked on Camino de Santiago, a network of pilgrimage routes that lead to the tomb of Saint James. Depending on where you start, the journey is approximately 800 kilometres and many take the pilgrimage for spiritual or religious reasons.

Upon her return, she took some college courses but said she was not fulfilled. So, during one of the worst wildfire seasons in Canadian history, she worked as a wildfire fighter. She knew she wanted to study philosophy but also yearned for a deeper understanding of her Catholic faith.

In her search for post-secondary education, she discovered Newman Theological College. Although she loves the mountains, Cowley was ready to venture to Edmonton for her education and a slightly flatter scenery.

“I love the mountains and the rugged natural beauty and the varying landscapes. Alberta is beautiful too, but it's very flat,” Cowley said. “However, after working a few years in the "secular world" and having my religious beliefs frequently challenged by non-Christian friends, I realized that I needed to understand my Catholic faith better to defend and explain it to others. Newman was the closest school that offered this kind of program, and it has been a wonderful experience so far. “

NTC started its Bachelor of Arts in Catholic Studies program in 2020. The new program offers a liberal arts degree that helps students reconcile faith and reason. Students study fundamental works of western theology, philosophy, literature, history, science, and the fine arts. So, anyone looking to better defend and understand their faith – like Cowley – would greatly benefit from the rigorous and traditionally Catholic program at NTC.

“For me, this scholarship is an incredible testament of God’s love and care in my life,” Cowley said.

“Moving to a brand-new city after a hectic summer of fighting wildfires was stressful, but because of this scholarship, I can now focus exclusively on my studies, without having to find part-time work. I am so thankful for this opportunity to study at NTC, and excited to grow in my knowledge of God and the Catholic Church.”

NTC also offers financial assistance NTC awarded four scholarships this year to incoming students of the Bachelor of Arts in Catholic Studies program. The additional winners were, Myles Bumphrey- $6,000 , Marc Berube- $3,000 and Andre Boudreau -$3,000. This scholarship was made possible through the generosity of the John Francis and Ellen Victoria Meagher Fund and other donors.

NTC also offers financial assistance to eligible students through multiple bursaries. If you are interested in supporting future scholarships contact The Foundation of St. Joseph Seminary & Newman Theological College by emailing executive director Stéphane Hache,

The Bachelor of Arts in Catholic Studies program is currently accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year. For more information visit or email .

-Ann Marie Engler is the marketing and student recruitment representative at Newman Theological College

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News History

2021-June-21 Change of Director of Religious Education, SK

2021-February-16 - NTC Welcomes New Philosophy Professor, Mr. Francis Fast

2020-October-01 - Leader, humanitarian and philanthropist Neil Koziak named recipient of Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award

2019-June-10 - David & Cathy Bouchard are first joint recipients of Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award

2018-February-09 - Newman Theological College welcomes relocation of Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Seminary to Edmonton

2017-December-21 - Respected Scripture scholar Stéphane Saulnier promoted to rank of Professor

2017-September-15 - Dr. Ryan Topping appointed Vice-President and Academic Dean

2017-July-25 - Sandra Prather to receive NTC's Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award

2017-February-23 - The Association of Theological Schools’ Commission on Accrediting reaffirms the Accreditation of Newman Theological College for a period of seven years.

2016-July-11 - Joyce Tutt named to receive NTC's Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award

2016-May-11 - Newman Theological College Announces the Appointment of a New Academic Dean

2015-July-06 - Glen Argan named to receive Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award

2015-June-12 - NTC honours Dr. Robert McKeon as Professor Emeritus

2014-January-25 - Newman Theological College launches Benedict XVI Institute for New Evangelization

2014-September-08 - Newman Theological College announces 2014 recipient of Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award - Marc Barylo

2013-October-19 - NTC honours Msgr. Frank Patsula and Dr. Gwen Miller as Professors Emeriti

2013-March-21 - Revised Certificate in Catholic Studies Program (C.C.S.)

2013-March-18 - Revised Masters of Religious Education Program (M.R.E.)

2013-February-28 - New Partner joining EXCEL Academy

2013-August-27 - Newman Theological College announces 2013 recipient of Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award - Mary Molloy

2012-October-24 - New Leadership at Newman Theological College

2012-June-22 - NTC Selection Committee announces 2012 winner of Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award - Dr. Kae Neufeld, D. Min.

2011-July-20 - NTC Selection Committee announces 2011 winner of Kevin Carr Christian Leadership Award - Rosanna M. Saccomani, Q.C.

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