St. James Academy offers several scholarships for incoming freshmen, 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 scholarship 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 be eligible for the Freshman Scholarship Awards, students MUST have applied to St. James Academy and completed the application process.
A panel of judges will review applications and make a determination. By submitting an application, 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 remain 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, the scholarship will be forfeited and no secondary candidate will be considered.
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
MISSION BASED SCHOLARSHIPS
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.
English, Math, Science, and Social Studies, Scholarships ($500)
These Scholarships are awarded to incoming Freshmen who have demonstrated excellence in these subject areas. 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).