Pope Francis Scholarship

pope-francis-scholarshipEveryday, 22,000 children die due to poverty.

Preventable diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia take the lives of 2 million children a year who are too poor to afford proper treatment.

Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the needs of our sisters and brothers around the world.

We Christians are called to confront the poverty of our brothers and sisters, to touch it, to make it our own and to take practical steps to alleviate it.

– Pope Francis

Together we can make a difference. We need to get the word out about poverty around the world. And we need your help.


Please submit an original essay, video, poster or artwork on one of the following topics:


  1. The causes of poverty and how those affect the health of millions around the world.
  2. Our role as Catholics in response to the issues of poverty and healthcare around the world.
  3. How you would solve the problems of extreme poverty in the world.


One winner will be selected per grade level, 9-12 grade. The prize for freshman, sophomores and juniors will be $500 and the prize for the senior winner will be $1000. The Scholarships will be presented at the 2018 Archdiocese of Los Angeles Christian Service Awards Mass.

Download a flyer here.

Mission Doctors’ Pope Francis Scholarship is open to all Catholic high school students in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The deadline for submission is midnight on January 15, 2018. Scholarships award checks will be sent directly to the winners’ schools. The senior scholarship winner will have the option to have the award applied to high school or college tuition.

Send submissions to the Mission Doctors office.

Mission Doctors Association
3435 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1940
Los Angeles, CA 90010

Mission Doctors Association congratulates the winners of the 2017 Pope Francis Scholarships.


Anna Martin, La Reina High School (click here to view her poster design)

Kelsey Kavanaugh, Mary Star of the Sea High School (click here to read her essay)

Sabrina Hamor, La Reina High School (click here to view her poster design)

Alana Nunez-Garcia, St. Joseph High School (click here to view her video)

Congratulations to all of these winners.