Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States

Southern Coptic Diocese "Youth for Christ" Award

September 27, 2008

COLLEYVILLE, TX. September 27, 2008 -- Southern Coptic Diocese "Youth for Christ" Award

The Youth for Christ Award is an annual scholarship and essay contest for High School Youth. We invite young people from the Southern US Coptic Diocese this year to write an original essay on the topic "Teens, Intimacy, and Purity".

The winner will have his or her paper published on the Diocese website.

  • He/She will receive a half price certificate for the Diocese Youth Convention valid for one year. Note: Certificate must be submitted with registration.
  • Each contestant will receive a certificate signed by HG Bishop Youssef that he/she successfully participated in the contest.
  • All Funds from "$1 registration" plus $1000 will be used towards the education fund of one of Jesus Brothers and Sisters (a youth with need for education fund).


  • November 15, 2008: Outlines and Sunday School teacher note due. Sunday School teacher recommendation should attest to student's age and character.
  • January 15, 2009: Final Papers due.
  • March 25, 2009: Winner Announced.

Submission Guidelines: Paper should be 4-5 pages, double spaced, 11pt font. Papers should cover the following areas in responding to the topic:

Biblical Wisdom (Quotes from Old and New Testament)20 pts
Patristic Wisdom (Quotes from the Sayings of the Church Fathers)15 pts
Comprehensiveness (Covers all facets of the issue: God's command, consequences of our actions, inner struggle, external pressures, true intimacy, confession, support, etc...)15 pts
Practical Application (Addressing how this actually works in a young person's daily life & environment)20 pts
Illustrates empowered, fulfilled living (At peace with self, joyful living...)20 pts
Includes Best Icon/Portrait/ that represents Intimacy and Purity10 pts

To Participate:

  • Register on the Southern Coptic Diocese Website (The registration fee is $1/ contestant).
  • Send submissions to:

Review Process and Awards:

  • Papers will be first peer reviewed, then the top 10% will be reviewed by a board.
    • Each Contestant will submit his/her paper by the deadline.
    • Names on actual papers will be stripped away (to preserve anonymity) and each anonymous paper will be emailed back to 4 other peers to score it according to the criteria listed above. with a final mark out of 100.
    • Peers will email the scores for each of the 4 anonymous papers to the Diocese.
    • The diocese will average the scores received from each reviewing peer so that each paper gets a final peer review mark that is the average of the 4 marks given by his/her peers.
    • The top 10% of all papers will be identified, and then reviewed by an actual board of reviewers to determine the best paper.
  • Winning paper will be published on the diocese website.
  • Funds from registration plus a $1000 will be used to support the education fund of a sister/brother of Christ.
  • Ceremony for Award will be made in the winning contestant's church.
  • Top winner will attend the annual youth retreat half off.

This contest is only open to High School Youth.