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Ignatius Scholars 2025
Posted 06/23/2021 04:19PM


Established in 2014, the Saint Ignatius Scholarship Program has committed hundreds of thousands of dollars to support top students at Jesuit.

This fall, the merit-based tuition assistance program will reward four new Tigers from the Class of 2025: Ignatius Scholars Camden Haywood (St. Lawrence Catholic School) and Oscar Olivera (Terrace Community Middle School), and Loyola Foundation Scholars Garrett Boyes (home school) and Jake Taylor (Christ the King Catholic School).

Two students in each grade level at Jesuit are selected as Ignatius Scholars and receive an award worth half the cost of tuition for each of their four years at Jesuit (currently $8,935 annually).

Two students in each grade also are recognized as Loyola Foundation Scholars, and they receive an annual award of one-quarter the cost of tuition for four years (currently $4,467 annually).

In addition to Haywood and Olivera, the additional Ignatius Scholars at Jesuit in 2021-22 school year are: Theodore Baier '22, Zachary Reich '22, Matthew Griffith '23, Ayden Lee '23, James Slack '24, and Tyler Tyson '24.

And in addition to Boyes and Taylor, the additional Loyola Foundation Scholars at Jesuit in 2021-22 are: John Paul Llanos '22, Jaden Nelson '22, Kyle Boyes '23, Carmine Sebastiano '23Jude Soriano '23, Ethan Hahn '24, and Evan Rordam '24.

The Saint Ignatius Scholarship Program is designed to attract and retain students of exceptional scholastic ability whose scores on the High School Placement Test (HSPT) as 8th graders are in the top 2% nationwide. Since the program's inception, 181 applicants have qualified for the award.

From that pool of finalists, candidates then submit an essay and letter of recommendation. They are evaluated on the basis of character, faith, service, and need. From there, the two Ignatius Scholars and two Loyola Foundation Scholars are selected. Those four scholarships combined for the Class of 2025 scholars are valued at almost $27,000 annually.

All remaining finalists each receive a $1,000 financial award, which goes toward tuition at Jesuit their freshman year.

Each fall at a special Convocation (which is then followed by a reception with their families in Faber Hall), the Ignatius Scholars are recognized. In order to maintain their scholarships, the Ignatius Scholars and the Loyola Foundation Scholars 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 Scholarship Program, contact Admissions Director Steve Matesich '91 at (813) 877-5344, ext. 715, or email admissions@jesuittampa.org.

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