At a special ceremony Wednesday (Sept. 27) during Convocation, Jesuit High School recognized the eight students chosen for the school's most prestigious scholarship, the Saint Ignatius Scholar Program.
Two students in each grade level are selected to receive the award, which is worth half the cost of tuition through high school. The program was founded in 2014, making this the first school year in which each class is represented.
Students initially qualify to receive the award in 8th grade if they are accepted into Jesuit and scored in the top 2% nationwide on the High School Placement Test. From that pool of Saint Ignatius Scholar finalists, candidates must submit an essay and letter of recommendation, and are evaluated on the basis of character, faith, service, and need. All finalists receive a financial award, and the two selected scholars in each class receive a 50% scholarship toward tuition for all four years.
With their families in attendance, Jesuit High School's Saint Ignatius Scholars honored Wednesday were:
· Seniors Hyoung Kim and Matthew Tamashiro
· Juniors Carter Campbell and Connor Murphy
· Sophomores Christopher Browy and Ethan Marquis
· Freshmen Dawson Kiser and Michael Provenza
Jesuit president Fr. Richard C. Hermes, S.J. honored the scholars, and Kim spoke about the impact the scholarship, and attending Jesuit, has made on his life. Tamashiro then introduced the junior, sophomore, and freshman Saint Ignatius Scholars, who came up on stage with him and Kim to be recognized.
After Convocation, the scholars and their families attended a special breakfast event in Faber Hall. There, principal Barry Neuburger commended them, and Kim and Tamashiro were presented with plaques depicting Saint Ignatius, in recognition of their achievement as the school's first Saint Ignatius Scholars.
The date of the event marked the 477th anniversary of the founding of the Society of Jesus, known as the "first confirmation of the Society." The Jesuit Order was confirmed on Sept. 27, 1540 by Pope Paul III. The founding of the Order is the great work in the life of Saint Ignatius, the namesake of the scholarship.
In order to maintain their scholarship, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.0, complete all required community service by the designated dates, remain free of serious disciplinary sanction (i.e., notice or probation), and participate in at least one non-athletic school club or activity.
For more information about the Saint Ignatius Scholar Program, contact Admissions Director Steve Matesich '91 at (813) 877-5344, ext. 715, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see below a video of Wednesday's Convocation, and below that is a photo slideshow of the Convocation and breakfast.