Merit Scholars

The goal of the STS Merit Scholars program is to attract the community’s best and brightest students, to create the next generation of leaders that will transform the world.

Middle School Merit Scholarship Recipients

We believe our students will change the world. We believe our mission to develop responsible citizens of a global society is more important than ever before. We believe that learners and leaders must exemplify strength of character, academic excellence, and community engagement.

The Merit Scholars program seeks students who demonstrate:

  • Academic promise and accomplishment
  • Character
  • Leadership
  • Service in the community
  • Diverse interests, learning styles, backgrounds, and experiences


  • Two $15,000 scholarships will be awarded
  • Each scholarship will be given every year for the duration of the recipient's Middle School years

Eligibility & Qualifications

  • You must be a student newly accepted to STS in grades 5-8 (Current students are not eligible for the scholarships)
  • Proven record of strong academic ability
  • Exceptional skills in an area of mastery in non-academic fields such as music, theater, art, athletics, service, leadership or other related areas
  • Clear commitment to STS core virtues
  • Prior record of leadership, service, and/or highly developed social and emotional skills

Selection Process

Awarded solely on the basis of merit, scholarships are granted to candidates who have undergone a rigorous selection process.

Families will complete the regular STS online application for admissions and all other items required for the regular application process by the designated January deadline date.  They will also indicate on the admissions application that they are interested in being eligible for the Merit Scholars Program. 

Merit Scholar candidates will be required to complete the additional steps outlined below.

Personal Recommendations

In addition to the two recommendations that are required for the regular admissions process, Merit Scholar applicants should submit a special personal character reference.

The candidate should select a special personal character reference who represents a professional field outside the area of math and language arts and can speak to the above qualities beyond the academic domain.  This person should not be a member of the student’s family.  This person could be an advisor; music, art, or theatre teacher; sports coach; chess coach; climbing instructor; a youth leader in a faith community or organization such at the Scouts; or summer camp instructor.  They should possess a unique knowledge of the candidate.

They should prepare an approximately 250 word recommendation that explains the candidate’s suitability for the scholarship in as many areas of the target qualities and characteristics as possible.

The Portfolio

Candidates should submit a Portfolio with one or more artifacts that reveal any experiences of service and leadership, or reveal developed skills in an area of particular interest.

Creative and thoughtful Portfolio items are encouraged.  This could include a musical or theatrical performance on video, a slideshow of a service trip, a poem, photos of an innovative Lego construction, a technological submission, a recorded speech, etc. Inventive and unique contributions are encouraged. 

Please note that in addition to the Portfolio artifact, an actual artifact that reveals the person’s interests, passions, skills, talents, or experiences should be brought to the Visit Day. 

Visit Day

During Visit Day, applicants will experience some regular parts of the school day, meet current St. Thomas School students and teachers, and participate in engaging and challenging leadership activities. Visit Days take place on January 25, 2018 or February 8, 2018.