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Scholars Program


The St. Mary’s Ryken Scholars Program offers accelerated curriculum concentrations to our students who want a more rigorous and advanced course of study. 

40 graduates from the Class of 2024 received the Scholars Program Diploma of Distinction! 

Project Lead the Way 2021

Featuring curriculum from the nationally recognized program – Project Lead the Way, the Scholars Program offers STEM pathways in:

  • Biomedical Science
  • Computer Science - Focus on Cybersecurity 
  • Engineering - Focus on Aerospace Engineering

In addition to these humanities pathways:

  • Global and International Studies
  • Humanities
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts

The STEM curriculum uses Project Lead the Way (PLTW), the nation’s leading provider of STEM programs. PLTW’s success in preparing students to succeed has been recognized by many colleges and universities.

Benefits of the SMR Scholars Program include:

  • Participation in a selective academic program with specialty pathways
  • Flexible scheduling to allow for Scholars electives
  • Exclusive field trips
  • Capstone senior project with presentations to area professionals with consultation and feedback
  • Distinguished addition for college applications
  • Recognition at graduation and Scholars Program diploma
  • Internship opportunities with local companies and organizations

Applying to the Scholars Program

Students who wish to be considered for the St. Mary’s Ryken Scholars Program should indicate their interest on the “Additional Information Form”. The Additional Information Form is available on the Admissions Checklist after the admissions application has been submitted. You are able to indicate your child’s preference in Scholars Program Pathway. Students who indicate an interest are reviewed by the Dean of Academics and decisions are communicated as part of the admissions decision process.

To be selected for the Scholars Program, the Admissions Team and Dean of Academics will evaluate the following criteria:

  • Student’s high school placement test results
  • Grade-point average
  • Portfolio or audition (Visual and Performing Arts pathways)
  • Interview with the Dean of Academics may also be required

Download Scholars Program Flier

Please review the lists below for required courses per pathway. The pathways can be individualized for each student based on their interests.  For additional information and questions, please contact: Mr. Jason DeLucco, Dean of Academics at

Scholars Program Pathways & Courses