SCHOLARSHIPS

FINANCIAL

APPLICATION DEADLINE: JANUARY 22, 2020

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.

For each Scholarship, please attach a statement, less than 250 words, why you would like to attend St. James Academy. What do you hope to achieve as a St. James Academy student? For each scholarship please indicate why you believe you should be considered for this honor. Applications open January 6th. No more than three completed applications (excluding the Connor McCullough Memorial Scholarship) per student can be submitted, and must be completed and submitted online by 4:00pm on January 22, 2020. If a reference form is required, please allow at least 14 days for your reference to return the form. See General Guidelines below.

All scholarship recipients, along with their parents, teachers, principals, and Pastor, are invited to a celebratory reception on February 25, 2020. Additional details will be included with your award notification.

 

Founder’s Award ($1,000)

The mission of St. James Academy is to enable students to pass on their faith to the next generation. 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 part of this application, in addition to a copy of the semester report card reflecting a Religion grade.

More Info: Applicants for this scholarship should be able to demonstrate active participation in their parish/school faith activities or exemplary grades in their religion classes. A recommendation form from the applicant’s pastor, principal, or Youth Minister is required. 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. Two scholarships will be awarded.

Keeping Faith Award ($1,000)

This 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 in addition to this application.

More Info: This scholarship is open to students who attend public school or homeschool and are currently enrolled in SOR (Parish School of Religion) and who are demonstrating an interest in their faith. A recommendation form from the applicant’s pastor or Youth Minister is required. 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. Two scholarships will be awarded.

One Nation Under God Award ($500)

Recognizing exemplary achievement in Social Studies, students should submit a copy of their first-semester report card and complete the attached application to be considered. Do not include any other documentation besides the report card – no recommendation forms will be accepted.

More Info: This scholarship is awarded to the entering Freshman who has applied for consideration for this award and who has achieved an exemplary score in his/her 8th grade Social Studies class as of the end of the second quarter of 8th grade. Applicants need to attach a copy of a report card from the grade school which indicates the Social Studies grade as of the end of the semester. In the case of students of equal achievement, additional factors will be considered. Three scholarships will be awarded.

Performing Arts Award ($500)

If the student plays an instrument, sings in the school/parish choir, or has performed in a speaking role in a parish, school or community theater presentation, they qualify for this scholarship. Students receiving a 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).

A recommendation form from the instructor or director would be helpful and the application is required. An audio or video audition is required.

More Info: This scholarship is awarded to the entering Freshman who has applied for consideration for this award and who plays an instrument, sings in the school/parish choir, or has performed in a speaking role in a parish/school/community theater presentation. A panel of judges, including a member of the Performing Arts department, will review applications and make a determination. A video or audio audition, at least 2 minutes in length, is required. 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. Three scholarships will be awarded.

Science Award ($500)

Recognizing exemplary achievement in Science, students should submit a copy of their first-semester report card and complete the attached application to be considered for this award. No not include any other documentation – no recommendation form will be accepted.

More Info: This scholarship is awarded to the student who has applied for consideration for this award and who has achieved an exemplary score in his/her 8th-grade science class as of the end of the second quarter of 8th grade. Applicants need to attach a copy of a report card from the grade school which indicates the Science grade as of the end of the second quarter. In the case of students of equal achievement, additional factors will be considered. Note: Should the student’s grade drop below a B at year’s end, the scholarship will be forfeited and awarded to another applicant. Three scholarships will be awarded.

Christian Stewardship Award ($500)

This scholarship is awarded to the student who demonstrates 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 helpful, but not required.

More Info: This scholarship is awarded to the student who has applied for consideration for this award and who can demonstrate participation in parish/school/ community activities that serve those in need. A panel of judges 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. Three scholarships will be awarded.

Math Award ($500)

Recognizing exemplary achievement in Math, students should submit a copy of their first-semester report card and complete the attached application to be considered for this award. Do not include any other documentation – no recommendation forms will be accepted.

More Info: This scholarship is awarded to the student who has applied for consideration for this award and who has achieved an exemplary score in his/her 8th-grade math class as of the end of the second quarter of 8th grade. Applicants need to attach a copy of a report card from the grade school which indicates the math grade as of the end of the second quarter. In the case of students of equal achievement, additional factors will be considered. Note: Should the student’s grade drop below a B at year’s end, the scholarship will be forfeited and awarded to another applicant. Three scholarships will be awarded. 

English Award ($500)

Recognizing exemplary achievement in English, students should submit a copy of their first-semester report card and complete the attached application to be considered for this award. Do not include any other documentation – no recommendation forms will be accepted.

More Info: This scholarship is awarded to the student who has applied for consideration for this award and who has achieved an exemplary score in his/her 8th grade English class as of the end of the second quarter of 8th grade. Applicants need to attach a copy of a report card from the grade school which indicates the English grade as of the end of the second quarter. In the case of students of equal achievement, additional factors will be considered. Note: Should the student’s grade drop below a B at year’s end, the scholarship will be forfeited and awarded to another applicant. Three scholarships will be awarded.

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

Honoring an incoming St. James Academy freshman who embraces their faith, excels academically and are a valued member of their extracurricular activities. Connor McCullough was an SJA 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 support Connor and each other. (Connor’s basketball jersey was always #42 and is now retired at St. James).

More Info: Students should apply by submitting a 1,000-word essay that 

  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.

Do not include any other documentation – no recommendation forms will be accepted.

GENERAL GUIDELINES

  1.  Applications open January 6, 2020: no more than three completed applications per student can be submitted (with the exception of the “Connor McCullough ‘Live 42’ Scholarship”.) Applications must be received online by no later than the close of school (4:00 pm) on January 22, 2020. Scholarship winners will be notified of results by January 31, 2020.
  2. St. James Academy reserves the right to select the panel of judges for review of applications and the decision of the judges is final. If no one is deemed qualified for the scholarship, the scholarship will not be granted.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Scholarship recipients must finish the 8th-grade year as a “student in good standing”.
  6. 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.
  7. If the scholarship winner fails to enroll at St. James Academy by February 21, 2020, the scholarship will be forfeited and no secondary candidate will be considered. If prior to June 30, 2020, 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.

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