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Welcome to the 2018 CPA Student Awards


The CPA Student Awards is an effort of the Young Communicators project, which will increase educational opportunities for young professionals and students and encourage networking with CPA professionals. Current members of the Catholic Press Association have volunteered to judge and provide critiques for all entries in the CPA Student Awards. This program is a valuable opportunity for students to connect to professionals in the field and receive feedback on their work.

Winners of the CPA Student Awards program will be announced in mid-April and will receive an Award Certificate shortly thereafter. Winners are also acknowledged at the Catholic Media Conference in June, on the CPA website and published in The Catholic Journalist. We have also set up a winners gallery on the awards website, where you can view the previous year's winners.

New in 2018

Selected members of the Catholic Press Association will choose the best of the five first place entries in each category to receive a grand prize for best entry of the year. The award will include a cash prize of $1,000 in addition to the benefits listed above.

More details about the selection process and judging for the best entry of the year are forthcoming.


Students enrolled full or part time in an accredited university or college may enter the CPA Student Awards. Professors/Advisors may also enter work on behalf of their students.

Entries must be the original work of students published in the school publication or on the publication website. Classroom assignments or work completed as part of a course requirement are eligible as long as they are published in the student publication or on the publication's website. Work must be published in calendar year 2017.

Work does not have to come from a Catholic university/college publication, but the work must be in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church.

If you are not sure if your work is eligible, please email Kathleen at or call (312) 380-6789.


Each entry costs $18.00.

Awards Packet

The CPA Student Awards packet includes eligibility requirements, category descriptions, and submission instructions. Download the awards packet for the 2018 program.

Need Assistance?

Consult our FAQ page, email Kathleen at or call the office at 312-380-6789 with further questions.

Ready to enter?

Click this link to enter the program.


Open Period  Closing Period 
 October 2, 2017   February 4, 2018.



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