Scholarships

SMR awards merit scholarships to incoming freshmen in the areas of academics, leadership, service, fine arts and more. The SMR scholarship application window is December 10 - January 15, 2018. The scholarship award process is very competitive due to the large number of applications received. All SMR Scholarship Committee decisions are final and not subject to review or appeal. Please make note of the requirements and deadline information for financial aid and scholarships.

In the 2017-18 freshman class, 46 students received merit-based scholarships.

Auditions/Presentations (Leadership and performing arts) for the class of 2022 will be held on January 27, 2018. Supporting documentation and essays can be submitted at any time, but no later than January 15 at 4:00 P.M. Requirements for each scholarship are listed below.

Please note that all students who have taken the High School Placement Test and have complete application packages as of January 15 are considered for the Presidential Scholarship for Academic Achievement. No additional application is required.

Students with complete admissions applications who have also submitted their introductory essay as of December 10 will be eligible to compete for one or more of the following scholarships. To access the scholarship application, please log in to your application dashboard at https://smrhs.finalsiteapply.com/parents/sign_in between December 10 and January 15.

Presidential Scholarship

For incoming freshmen only. No additional application is required.

Previous Presidential Academic Scholarship recipients have scored near the 99th national percentile on the High School Placement Test, have had 4.0 GPAs, and superior teacher recommendations.

All SMR Scholarship Committee decisions are final and not subject to review or appeal.

Leadership Scholarship

Only incoming freshmen may apply.

Students with a B (85%/3.0) average may compete for this scholarship.

This scholarship is for students who demonstrate leadership through extracurricular activities in their school or community. Awards are based on an oral presentation and letter of recommendation.

Students should prepare an eight to ten minute presentation that explains how they accomplished a personal or shared goal that benefited their school, parish or community.

  • What initiative did they personally take to move others toward meeting this goal? How does this goal reflect their personal values? What did they learn about their own personal strengths and weaknesses as a leader while working to meet this goal?

Please submit at least one letter of recommendation from either their eighth grade teacher, pastor, or a member of the community who can speak on behalf of their leadership ability. Letter(s) must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. on January 15.

Applicants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Content of the presentation: Students should demonstrate clear, logical organization of ideas and sufficient evidence to support statements.
  2. Delivery of presentation: The student's ability to speak extemporaneously, clear articulation, courteous attitude and enthusiasm. The student worked within the required time limit.
  3. Letter of recommendation from an eighth grade teacher, pastor or member of the community.

Fine Arts Scholarships: Art

Only incoming freshmen may apply.

Students with a B (85%/3.0) average may compete for this scholarship.

Students should select four of their best works. The four pieces should consist of one work of color, two drawings preferably in pencil, and the fourth may be three-dimensional (ceramic or sculpture) or another drawing or painting.

Work should be original, based on direct observation, and not copied from photos or magazines. All work should be matted, and not exceed 18"x24" in size. Sketchbooks may also be submitted.

Student work will be evaluated on the following criteria:
1. Composition - Based on organization of the elements of art and design principles
2. Craftsmanship - The overall appearance of the work
3. Technique- The handling, experimentation and use of media
4. Creativity - Uniqueness and originality of composition and use of material

The winner of the Art Scholarship will be required to participate in a visual art course each year.

Portfolios may be dropped off at Romuald Hall Admissions Office during normal school hours or no later than 2:00 P.M. on January 15.

 

Fine Arts Scholarship: Dance

Only incoming freshmen may apply.

Students with a B (85%/3.0) average may compete for this scholarship. Awards are based on auditions.

Dance auditions for scholarship will consist of four parts as follows:

  1. Using ballet, jazz, or modern technique, students should perform a short piece of their own choreography to music of their choice. If your primary dance training is in a style of dance other than ballet, jazz, or modern, the audition solo may be performed in this style with prior permission. Music may be on CD, iPad or phone and the chosen piece should not be longer than 1½ minutes. Leotards, tights, and appropriate shoes should be worn. No costumes please.
  2. Students should be prepared to repeat and identify terms of a choreographed combination demonstrated by the facilitator.
  3. Students should be prepared to display a good knowledge of dance terms by performing combinations that are merely spoken and not demonstrated.
  4. Lastly, students will be evaluated on a short improvisation piece to music provided.

Students will be evaluated on the following criteria:
1. Technical ability and placement
2. Flexibility
3. Strength, control, and balance
4. Musicality
5. Quality of movement
6. Stage presence
7. Dance background and knowledge
8. Versatility in dance forms

The winner of the Dance Scholarship will be required to participate in a dance course each year.

 

Fine Arts Scholarship: Instrumental

Only incoming freshmen may apply.

Students with a B (85%/3.0) average may compete for this scholarship. Awards are based on auditions.

Students should be prepared to play two contrasting pieces that demonstrate their ability on the instrument and one sight reading example of the adjudicator's choosing. These two pieces are the students' choice.

Students are responsible for providing their own instrument (and accompanist, if necessary), however, piano and larger percussion instruments will be provided.

Students will receive a rating in the following areas:
1. Tone quality
2. Phrasing
3. Intonation
4. Rhythmic accuracy
5. Articulation
6. Musicality
7. Technique
8. Dynamic accuracy
9. Tempo

The winner of the Instrumental Scholarship will be required to participate in Concert Band or Orchestra (whichever is applicable as determined by the students instrument).

 

Fine Arts Scholarship: Piano

Only incoming freshmen may apply.

Students with a B (85%/3.0) average may compete for this scholarship. Awards are based on auditions.

Students should be prepared to play two contrasting pieces that demonstrate their ability on the piano and one sight reading example of the adjudicator's choosing. These two pieces are the students' choice.

Students will receive a rating in the following areas:

1.Phrasing

2.Rhythmic accuracy

3.Articulation

4.Musicality

5.Technique

6.Dynamic accuracy

7.Tempo

The winner of the Piano Scholarship will be required to participate in Mixed Chorus during 9th and 10th grade and Mixed Chorus or Show Choir during 11th and 12th grade as an accompanist.

Fine Arts Scholarship: Theatre

Only incoming freshmen may apply.

Students with a B (85%/3.0) average may compete for this scholarship. Awards are based on auditions.

Auditions for scholarship will consist of two parts as follows:

  1. One monologue from a published play selected by the student.
  2. One song from a musical theatre production selected by the student.

All audition material should be memorized. A copy of both the monologue and the music should be provided to the judge. Students must provide their own accompanist. Students may audition with a cd if they wish. CD may not contain any vocals. Audition selections should not exceed ten minutes total time.

Students will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. Characterization
  2. Technique
  3. Musicality
  4. Intonation
  5. Presentation

The winner of the Theatre Scholarship will be required to:

  1. Take Theatre Appreciation
  2. Audition for both theatrical productions (one straight play, and one musical) every year
  3. Participate in Stage Guild for 4 years

 

Fine Arts Scholarship: Vocal

Only incoming freshmen may apply.

Students with a B (85%/3.0) average may compete for this scholarship. Awards are based on auditions.

Students should be prepared to sing two contrasting songs (no hymns) by memory. The songs are the student's choice and should not exceed a total of six minutes.

A copy of each solo should be provided for the judge. Students are responsible for providing their own accompanist. If they wish, the student may sing with accompaniment music from a CD, or they may audition acapella.

Students will be evaluated on the following criteria:
1. Intonation
2. Breath control
3. Musicality
4. Tone
5. Production
6. Presentation

The winner of the Vocal Scholarship will be required to participate in Mixed Chorus during 9th and 10th grade and Mixed Chorus or Show Choir during 11th and 12th grade.

Blaine Whorl Scholarship

Only incoming freshmen may apply.

Students with a B (85%/3.0) average may compete for this scholarship.

This scholarship, in memory of Blaine Whorl '02, recognizes students who share Blaine's passion and interest in history and the community.

To apply, students must submit a 300-500 word essay on ONE of the following topics:

  • Describe a meeting with your favorite historical figure. Within the essay, discuss why you chose this person and what questions you would like to ask this person.
  • In your opinion, what has been the most significant historical event in United States history? Discuss why this event merits the title of “most significant," and what you think the United States would be like if this event had not taken place.

Essays (typed and double spaced) must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. on January 15.

Laurie Collins Scholarship

Only incoming freshmen may apply.

Students with a B (85%/3.0) average may compete for this scholarship.

This scholarship, in memory of Laurie Collins '92, is designed to recognize students who, like Laurie, demonstrate a love of school, family and church.

To apply, submit a brief essay describing ways they demonstrate love for family, school and church.

Essays (typed and double spaced) must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. on January 15.

Community Service Scholarship

Only incoming freshmen may apply.

Students with a B (85%/3.0) average may compete for this scholarship.

This scholarship is awarded to students who are active in service to their school, parish or community. The award is based on a student's community service and an essay. Applicants awarded this scholarship will be required to work with Campus Ministry on service opportunities already in place and will work to create new service initiatives for students.

To apply, students must submit an essay and a list of community service activities. In your essay, please answer the following:

  • Describe why you chose a particular service opportunity and what it means to you. How does this service increase your awareness of your relationship with God? (Community service activities should be listed separately, not as part of your essay.)

Essays (typed and double spaced) must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m. on January 15.

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