Academic Scholarships

Academic Scholarships for 9th grade - Class of 2022
Academic Merit scholarships are awarded to the strongest students, who have completed the application process. Merit scholarships vary from $500-$5,000, and are based on each student’s entrance exam score, grade school record, conduct and attendance records. No additional application is required.

Merit Scholarships

To apply for a merit scholarship, please submit
  • an application cover sheet (download available on the right side of this page)
  • a typed, double-spaced, 250-word essay describing how you have demonstrated excellence in the category for which you are applying
  • one letter of recommendation from a teacher
It must be noted that a high level of competition is expected and that criteria must exceed basic things such as “received the highest average” in the subject, or “has taken lessons for three years,” or “attends Mass regularly,” etc. A broad base of activities, awards and involvement will be most compelling.

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  • Academic Awards

    One award of $3,000 will be given in each subject area. This award is for 4 years at $750 per year. 
    • Excellence in Mathematics
    • Excellence in Science
    • Excellence in English
    • Excellence in History
    • Excellence in Religion
    • Excellence in Technology
  • The Fine & Performing Arts Awards

    Awards of $1,500 each will be given in each category.  The scholarship is renewable each year, provided that the student remains involved in their particular scholarship area at Cardinal O’Hara (for example: band, ensembles, art class, musical, etc.).
    • Excellence in Music (Please contact Amy Bauer, Director of Admissions, regarding the audition requirement for the music merit scholarship.)
    • Excellence in Art (Please submit three examples of art work along with your application, essay and letter of recommendation.)
    • Excellence in Theatre
    • Excellence in Dance
  • Faith & Service Awards

    One award of $3,000 will be given in each category.This award is for 4 years at $750 per year. 
    • Commitment to Community Service
    • Commitment to Catholic Faith and Life
    • Commitment to Leadership

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