The contest was opened to current SVOTS students at the beginning of the fall semester. For his winning entry entitled “Follow me: Religious Reality over Facebook Phantasm", Kayaian will have $3,000 in award money added to his scholarship fund.
“Following on social media does not carry with it any incumbent real life consequences....,” he wrote in his essay. “Contrarily, Christ's command to his disciples, ‘Follow me,’ is substantive, carries obligations, and involves the whole person without reservation. The command is significant enough that the same story in which Christ says, ‘Follow me,’ is recorded similarly in all four Gospels.”
Read the winning entry in its entirety here.
Andrew Kayaian is a second-year seminarian at both St. Nersess and St. Vladimir's. The St. Matthias Merit Scholarship Essay Contest is offered annually through generous contributions of a family of anonymous donors who selected the topic of the 2019 essay contest.