Dream big!

That’s how the journey of a lifetime starts: with big ideas and a goal in mind.

"...the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in which direction we are moving... we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it, but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor."

- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


Focus on the future!

The Onward Scholars Program can help
you achieve your vision.

"Let go of the past and go for the future. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined."

– Henry David Thoreau.


Take the first step!

Your pathway to success starts right here, with
The Onward Scholars Program as your guide.

"...After taking a first step, no one ever stops cold. It is the succession of steps moving forward with a purpose that has true meaning in our lives."

– Patricia Vaccarino


If you’re a student in the eighth grade, college may seem like a distant dream – something that is still years away. In the meantime, you have tonight’s homework to think about, and four years of high school to get through. But college is closer than you think, and there are many things you can do — starting now — to make your college dreams come true. Choosing a quality Catholic high school education is one step you can take, and finding great mentors to help along the way is another. That’s where The Onward Scholars Program at St. Pius X–St. Matthias Academy comes in.

Students who are selected for The Onward Scholars Program receive four-year scholarships to attend St. Pius X–St. Matthias Academy in Downey, along with mentoring, college counseling, and enrichment activities. If you’re an eighth grader with a strong academic track record and the potential to be a leader in school and in your community, you could start high school as an Onward Scholar at St. Pius X–St. Matthias Academy. To learn more about the program, click here or if you’re ready to apply, click here. If you live too far away to be an Onward Scholar at St. Pius X–St. Matthias Academy, you can still find lots of useful links and resources to help you along on your journey toward college!


OSP Outlook

It is with great pleasure that I begin my tenure as Director of the Onward Scholars Program.

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St. Pius X–St. Matthias

For more than 50 years, Catholic high school students have launched their futures from a beautiful campus on Gardendale Street in Downey. To learn about the advantage of a Catholic high school education at St. Pius X – St. Matthias Academy and the added benefits of the Onward Scholars Program.

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