The Aquinas Question

The Aquinas Question: What is the meaning and purpose of human life?

Saint Thomas Aquinas was a medieval philosopher whose writings prompted deep exploration into gospel and self. Aquinas pondered the meaning of life, and now, we ask you to do the same.

Your answer could be worth a $1,000 scholarship!

Use your talents to express an answer to the Aquinas question. Whether through art, story, or stage – show us what the true meaning of life is. Thoughtful submissions will be posted on this web site, and one winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Submissions will be accepted through Friday, April 11, 2014.

Mount Mercy students will be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship awarded to the student who submits the best entry. Students should be advised that, in some circumstances, scholarship awards may be taxable. Students who do not have an outstanding tuition balance at the time of the award should contact Student Financial Services to learn about their options in claiming the scholarship award. Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Depth of understanding and thoughtfulness about the question.
  • Evidence of research into the spirit of Thomas Aquinas in regard to this question, although the answer need not be the same as his.
  • Excellence according to the standards of the medium.
  • Creativity
  • Adhering to the rules for submission

Please identify your work with your name, major, and year of study at Mount Mercy. All decisions about the winner of the scholarship belong to the judging committee and are final. Watch the videos below and read through the information found by clicking the links to the left to gain a deeper insight into how to best answer this question.

Watch these videos to learn more!

Introducing the idea of The Aquinas Question. Exploring the question in greater depth. Brief history on the life of Saint Aquinas.


"Better to illuminate than merely to shine, to deliver to others contemplated truths than merely to contemplate."
St. Thomas Aquinas