Onward Scholars at SMA » Application Process

Application Process

Use the dates on the Application Timeline below as a reference.  The 2019-2020 timeline will be released September 1st.  Apply to be a part of Cohort III!
Applying to Become an Onward Scholar

The Onward Scholars program (OSP) at St. Mary’s Academy is open to well-rounded 8th grade girls who have demonstrated academic and leadership potential, are motivated students, and plan to attend a four-year college.

The OSP Scholarship will be awarded to 12 incoming freshmen every academic year effective Fall 2018. Candidates for the OSP Scholarship must complete an OSP application, take the High School Placement Test (HSPT) at SMA, and be admitted to the 9th grade at St. Mary’s Academy.  
Between 40-50 students will be selected from the 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. Interviewees will be evaluated based on both their verbal and physical presentation and ability to convey their interests, personality, and enthusiasm.

A group of approximately 20 students will then be selected for the individual interviews 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. Finalists 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.

The Onward Scholars Program application is available below! For information about Onward Scholars, please contact:

Mrs. Michele Rice, Program Director


(310) 674-8470 x303
The application for Cohort III (Blue Tie Class of 2024)
will go live on September 1st. 
Click on the "Apply Now" button below to submit your Onward Scholars application online!