Attending a Catholic high school can make a world of difference. According to the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), Catholic high school students have a 99% chance of graduating, and a nearly 85% chance of attending a four-year college. At John Paul II Catholic High School, we are proud that every one of our graduates has been accepted to college.
To bring these opportunities to as many deserving students as possible, John Paul II Catholic High School is offering merit scholarships with the goal of helping motivated and deserving 8th grade students in Pitt County Schools offset the cost of a Catholic high school education, and reap its benefits for the rest of their lives.
- One 8th grade student at each of the K-8 or 6-8 Pitt County Schools will be selected.
- Applications will be evaluated based on academic performance, evidence of leadership capability, service/volunteerism, and demonstrated financial need.
- Scholarship amount is $6,500 per year for 4 years.
- Annual tuition is currently $7,800. Recipient families will be responsible each year for the difference in tuition (currently $1,300), registration fee (currently $200), and academic materials fee (currently $400). Fees are due at the end of each February; tuition payments can be made monthly.
- To retain the scholarship each year, recipients must maintain a 2.75 GPA at the end of each year.
- Parents/Guardians of scholarship recipients are asked to participate in Family Association meetings and activities and annually contribute service to the school.
The following items are required to apply:
- current middle school transcript
- 7th grade mathematics and reading comprehension EOG scores
- essay (submitted with your application, see below for details)
- three recommendations
- FACTS Grant & Aid Financial Needs Assessment
Submissions that do not include all items listed above will not be reviewed by the scholarship committee. Upon review of applications, the scholarship committee will select the top three students from each school to participate in an interview in mid March. Finalists will also take the High School Placement Test (HSPT).
Completed applications must be submitted no later than Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.
Students chosen for the scholarship will be notified at the end of March.
- minimum of 1,000 words but no more than 2,000 words
- typed, double spaced, and paginated
- essays will be judged on content, grammar, and clarity
- must be submitted electronically (uploaded with your scholarship application)
Choose any ONE of the following and write an essay meeting the above criteria.
- What life experiences have shaped who you are today and what challenges have you overcome in achieving your education (i.e. financial, personal, medical, etc.)?
- Explain why you believe education is more than information.
- Explain how respect and humility are indispensable aspects of your education.
- Describe an event in which you took a leadership role and what you learned about yourself.