Merit Scholars Program

As SLUH moves into our third century of educational leadership, we are excited to introduce a new Merit Scholars Program that deepens our commitment to financial accessibility and intellectual excellence. This program will provide both academic merit recognition and partial tuition awards beginning with the Class of 2024. 

The Fr. Gerald “Gerry” Sheahan, SJ Scholars

Fr. Sheahan Scholars are designated based on their mandatory Scholastic High School Placement Test (HSPT) scores. Beginning with the Class of 2024, applicants who score in the top 5 percent qualify for the following:

  • $5,000 award for a score of 99 percentile in Total Basic Skills
  • $4,500 award for a score of 98 percentile in Total Basic Skills
  • $4,000 award for a score of 97 percentile in Total Basic Skills
  • $3,500 award for a score of 96 percentile in Total Basic Skills
  • $3,000 award for a score of 95 percentile in Total Basic Skills

Named for the transformative principal who oversaw a wide range of academic innovations to SLUH during his 1955-67 tenure, the Fr. Sheahan Scholars represent the school’s commitment to and recognition of academic leadership.

The Fr. Claude Heithaus, SJ Scholars

Fr. Heithaus Scholars represent several top Scholastic High School Placement Test (HSPT) scoring black and minority applicants not named Fr. Sheahan Scholars. The scholarship awards range from $3,000 to $5,000, depending on the HSPT score. At least one will be awarded to a qualifying African American applicant.

Named for a 1916 alumnus and bold advocate for racial justice who paved the path for the first black student at SLUH a year before the integration of St. Louis Catholic Schools, this renewable scholarship continues SLUH’s commitment to racial equity and inclusion.


What are the deadline requirements?

All applicants are required to take the HSPT at SLUH on December 7th or 8th, 2019. Registration for this test is available in your SLUH Admissions Account once you have completed our online application. SLUH's deadline for application is Friday, December 6th. We urge you to apply early as to complete your Family Interview before the end of the year.

There is no separate application for the Merit Scholars Program. 

What is the High School Placement Test?

As part of the admissions process, all 8th graders applying to SLUH are required to take the Scholastic Testing Service's High School Placement Test (HSPT). The HSPT is a comprehensive test for 8th graders that provides national normative measures in the following cognitive and basic skills areas: verbal and quantitative skills, reading, mathematics and language. The test creates a baseline for the young men who attend SLUH as we witness their progress during their four years. Dates and registration for the HSPT can be found in an applicant's SLUH Admissions Account.

What are the conditions for maintaining the scholar awards?

Both the Fr. Sheahan and Fr. Heithaus Merit Scholar Awards are renewable for all four years. Award renewal is conditional on the successful completion of all of the following conditions:

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of second honors or higher
  • Completed service and retreat obligations
  • Avoidance of serious disciplinary sanctions
  • Participation in at least one significant student club or activity
  • Attendance at required scholarship annual meetings and programs

When do applicants learn if they are a merit scholar?

Fr. Sheahan and Fr. Heithaus Merit Awards will be announced along with the decision letters distributed on January 31, 2020. 

Can A Merit Scholar Award Recipient Still Apply for Financial Aid?

Applicants can still apply for financial aid by accessing the FACTS Tuition Management form through your SLUH Admissions Account. In no case will financial aid and merit scholarship exceed the cost of tuition.

What if an applicant qualifies for both financial aid and a merit scholar award?

The Merit Scholar Program is independent of our financial aid. All families are encouraged to apply for financial aid using the FACTS Tuition Management form found in your SLUH Admissions Account. In no case will financial aid and merit scholarships exceed the cost of tuition.