St. Francis Xavier Merit Scholarship Program
The St. Francis Xavier Merit Scholarship program is designed to attract academically talented students to participate in a program that fosters excellence, promotes leadership, nurtures character development and encourages service to others.
Qualified incoming freshmen will be invited to become St. Francis Xavier Scholars based on the eligibility qualifications outlined on this page.
St. Francis Xavier Scholars will receive a $4,000 merit-based scholarship for each of their four years at St. John's, as well as a wide range of carefully considered opportunities to achieve their true potential.
Program in Brief
- $4,000 annual, renewable, merit scholarship
- Placement in honors curriculum; early access to Advanced Placement courses
- Leadership development programs and mentoring
Eligibility and Dates
- In order to be considered for the program, students must 1.) submit a completed application for admission by December 14, 2012.) provide an 8th grade transcript showing an A to B+ average, and 3.) score in the top 5 to 7% of applicants on the SSAT or HSPT.
- Eligible students will be notified by the Headmaster on January 10. These students are asked to submit a 300-word essay, on the topic of Serving Others, and meet for an interview with members of the Admissions Committee. Both the essay and interview must be completed by January 17. Students will be notified when admissions decision letters are mailed on February 1.
This merit scholarship program is named for St. Francis Xavier, patron saint of the Xaverian Brothers, the congregation of religious who sponsor St. John’s Prep and 12 other schools throughout the United States. Some 500 years ago, St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Jesuit order, urged Xavier to “set the world aflame” as he embarked on his journey as a missionary.
The St. Francis Xavier Scholarship program offers an environment and opportunities where academically strong students can achieve more than they imagine possible on their journey as members of the Prep community.
Q&A About the Program
All students who receive St. Francis Xavier Merit scholarships are welcome to apply for additional tuition assistance. Applications must be submitted to FACTS by December 31. The merit scholarship will not be deducted from any need-based tuition assistance for which your family may qualify. Details about applying for tuition assistance may be found on the Tuition & Assistance
Although important, academic achievement is only one of the factors taken into account. Eligible students will submit an essay and will interview with a member of the Admissions Committee; outstanding candidates will not be penalized for one low grade.
No additional recommendations are required beyond those needed to complete your application for admission. The only added requirements are a 300-word essay and an interview with a member of the Admissions Committee.
No, service programs and summer programs are not required. Community service is not required for students at St. John’s unless they are applying for membership in the Brother Benjamin Chapter of the National Honor Society.
Yes, SFX scholars will be required to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA each year. A scholarship can also be revoked if the student accumulates numerous violations for conduct as noted in the school handbook. Character development is a major part of the SFX scholars' experience at St. John’s
The St. Francis Xavier (SFX) Merit Scholarship program takes the place of the Brother Isidore Scholars Program beginning with the Class of 2016. The SFX Merit Scholarship program rewards students for outstanding academic and leadership qualities with a special focus on helping them achieve more than they thought possible in their four years at St. John’s. With that long-term relationship in mind, this program will provide students with access to mentors, advisors and opportunities that were not part of the previous program.