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Samuel Robinson award

The Samuel Robinson Award seeks to stimulate interest in the Westminster Shorter Catechism by challenging Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) members who are juniors or seniors in college and attending a Presbyterian related college or university to memorize and recite the catechism from memory. To further demonstrate understanding of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, the applicant will write a 2,000 word essay on an assigned topic related to the catechism. The essay is read by a panel of chaplains.

The two students with the highest scores receive $5,000. The lowest award for an application with essay is $1,500. Applicants are provided with a study Bible from the Betty Chrisman Fund for students who are memorizing the Westminster Shorter Catechism.

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Daily Westminster Shorter Catechism for the Samuel Robinson Award

The Westminster Shorter Catechism is available in English and Spanish for download.

Samuel Robinson Essay Topic

(drawing on the entire Catechism, particularly on Questions 1 – 28):  How does God's creating and saving work embody God's grace for you and for the world?


  • Successfully recite the answers to the Westminster Shorter Catechism.
  • Write a 2,000-word original essay on a related assigned topic.
  • Be members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).
  • Be a junior or senior attending a Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)-related college or university


April 1, 2015 (Postmark)


Request application by completing the Samuel Robinson questionnaire

Samuel Robinson Award leads Whitworth University student to “fall more in love with the story of scripture”

by Drew Stockstill

Amy Erickson

Amy Erickson.

Decatur, Ga. - Amy Erickson, a senior at the Presbyterian-related Whitworth University in Spokane, Wash., knew all about the Samuel Robinson Award before she even enrolled as a student at the “pervasively Presbyterian” university.

“My older sister went to Whitworth, and I knew that it was a good school with a solid theology department, relationally-focused community, Christ-centered values and beautiful campus,” Erickson says. Knowing that as a prospective Whitworth student she would have an opportunity to apply for the Samuel Robinson Award was an added benefit.

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