St. James Academy offers several scholarships for incoming freshman, to reward their accomplishments in academics as well as in their faith life and community involvement. All awards are granted to students who complete the application by the deadlines stated. The awards are applied to the Fall semester tuition. This award is not redeemable for cash. There will be multiple winners in each category.

To Apply:

1. Upload a statement, less than 250 words answer the following questions: Why you would like to attend St. James Academy? What do you hope to achieve as a St. James Academy student? Why do you believe you should be considered for the scholarship for which you are applying?

2. Submit a copy of your first-semester 8th-grade report card.

3.  Recommendation forms are only required for the following Scholarships: Founders, Keeping Faith, and Christian Stewardship. Please allow at least 14 days for your reference to return the form to St. James Academy.

Applications open January 4th and must be completed and submitted online by midnight on January 22, 2021.


A panel of judges, including a member of the clergy, will review applications and make a determination. By submitting an application for this award, the parents of the student understand that phone calls to the student’s pastor, principal, or teacher may be made to gather more information. 

Should the panel of judges contact pastors/principals/teachers or others who might be of assistance in the selection of the scholarship recipient, those phone calls and the information obtained remains confidential and will not be disclosed.

The panel of judges will determine the winner of the scholarship and also a runner-up in the event the scholarship is declined by the first designated winner. No other priority listing will be developed.

Scholarship recipients must finish the 8th-grade year as a “student in good standing”.

Scholarship values will be applied to the first semester of the Freshman year at St. James. There is no cash value for this scholarship in lieu of being applied to the first-semester tuition and there is no cash value for this tuition credit should the student withdraw from St. James Academy.

If the scholarship winner fails to enroll at St. James Academy by February 24, 2021, the scholarship will be forfeited and no secondary candidate will be considered. If prior to June 30, 2021, the designated winner notifies the school of his/her intent to enroll at a school other than St. James, the administration will offer the scholarship to the next alternate candidate based on the judges’ determination.

All scholarship recipients, along with their parents, teachers, principals, and Pastor, are invited to a celebratory reception. Additional details will be included with your award notification.


Founder’s and Keeping Faith Scholarships ($1,000)

The Founder’s Scholarship is reserved for students currently enrolled in a Catholic grade school. Applicants for this scholarship should demonstrate active participation in their school faith activities, willingness to share their faith, and also demonstrate exemplary grades in their religion classes. A Recommendation Form from the student’s Pastor, Youth Minister or Principal is required for this application.

The Keeping Faith Scholarship is reserved for public school or homeschool students currently enrolled in Parish School of Religion/Religious Ed and who are demonstrating an interest in growing their faith. A recommendation form from the Pastor, Principal, Teacher or Youth Minister is required for this application.

Christian Stewardship Award ($500)

This scholarship is awarded to an entering Freshman who has demonstrated participation in parish, school and/or community activities that serve those in need. A Recommendation Form from your Youth Minister, Teacher or Volunteer Coordinator is required.

Connor McCullough “Live 42” Memorial Scholarship ($1,000)

This scholarship is awarded to an entering Freshman who embraces their faith, excels academically and are a valued member of their extracurricular activities.

Connor McCullough was a St. James Academy student-athlete who was driven by his Catholic faith. He was diagnosed at the age of 16 with terminal cancer and he showed exceptional courage and integrity through treatments and in his final days. He leaned on his faith for strength and understanding, even in his worst moments, and was an excellent example to his family, fellow students, coaches, teachers and many others on how to deal with adversity through his devotion to and reliance upon the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the prayers of the Saints. “Live 42” became the mantra encouraging students to “Live for 2: God and Others”. Connor’s basketball jersey was always #42 and is now retired at St. James.

Instead of the 250 word statement listed above, a 1,000 word essay is required for this scholarship that includes the following:

  1. Demonstrates a time when their faith was needed to overcome a situation;
  2. Explains how they exceed academic expectations;
  3. Describes what traits they contribute to team activities; and
  4. Predicts how these attributes will improve the St. James Academy community.

Please do not include any other documentation – no recommendation forms will be accepted for this application.


English, Math, Science, and Social Studies, Scholarships ($500)

The English Scholarship is awarded to an entering Freshman who has excelled in his/her 8th grade English class. No recommendation forms will be accepted for this application.

The Math Scholarship is awarded to an entering Freshman who has excelled in his/her 8th grade Math class. No recommendation forms will be accepted for this application.

The Science Scholarship is awarded to an entering Freshman who has excelled in his/her 8th grade Science class. No recommendation forms will be accepted for this application.

The Social Studies Scholarship is awarded to an entering Freshman who has excelled in his/her 8th grade Social Studies class. No recommendation forms will be accepted for this application.

Performing Arts Scholarship ($500)

This scholarship is awarded to the entering Freshman who who plays an instrument, sings in the school/parish choir, or has performed in a speaking role in a parish/school/community theater presentation. An audio or video audition is also required to be accepted for this application.

Plate Note: Students receiving this scholarship will be required to support the performing arts during their freshman year. This could be either taking a performing arts class OR being in at least one season of an SJA extra-curricular performing arts activity (eg. Musical, Improv, Pep Band, Winter Play).



Brian Tarwater Memorial Scholarship Fund $2,500

Brian’s Fund Scholarship will be awarded to an eighth-grader who has been accepted at one of the following Kansas City Catholic high schools: Bishop Ward, Miege High School, Notre Dame De Sion, Rockhurst High School, St. James Academy, St. Michael the Archangel, St. Teresa’s Academy, or St Thomas Aquinas.

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