Application Process

The Onward Scholars application period for the
Green Tie Class of 2025 has now ended. 
Interested in joining Cohort V & the Gold Tie Class of 2026Become familiar with the timeline below...
The Onward Scholars program (OSP) at St. Mary’s Academy is open to well-rounded 8th grade girls who have demonstrated excellence in academics and leadership and plan to attend a four-year college. The target middle school cumulative GPA for applicants is a 3.5. Candidates for the OSP Scholarship must complete the online OSP application, take the Star Assessments in Reading and Math, and be admitted to the 9th grade at St. Mary’s Academy.  
After completing their SMA interview, semifinalists will be selected from the Onward Scholars (OSP) applicant pool to participate in the group interviews conducted by the OSP Review Committee, which includes the OSP Director and other designees of the St. Mary’s community. The interview process is the opportunity for the OSP candidate to express those attributes of personality, character, leadership, and personal qualities that are not captured by the other components of the application process. 

From the group interviews, finalists will be selected to participate in an individual interview online with the Onward Scholars Program Director and SMA Principal. A final 12 students and up to 3 alternates will be selected from the process described above. Students selected for the program will be notified through mail in early March, in alignment with the SMA admissions timeline. The committee’s and Program Director’s decisions are final.