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Elks Scholarship - 2018 MVS application
The Elks National Foundation will award 500 four-year scholarships to the highest-rated applicants in the 2018 competition. The 2018 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US Citizen. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. More information here
Deadline 11/27/17

Mineral Area College Scholarship Applications
Mineral Area College scholarship applications for the 2018-2019 school year. Main scholarshipmusic, art and theatre.

Deadline: 2/1/18

Summer Opportunity. Only Maz can nominate you. (Oh, the power!)
The National Student Leadership Foundation annually offers many enrichment/college credit summer programs one to two weeks long at universities from coast to coast - American University and Yale to UCLA and Berkeley and several more
Deadline: 12/1/17

Important for SLCC students - Math Multiple Measures Coming to St. Louis Community College Meramec
Everyone:  This is boring I know, but perhaps important to know for many of you going forward. Seniors:  This is important to look at. Juniors: The same. Faculty: For your advising purposes especially, standardized testing continues to evolve. This follows the conference Gary and Austin went to a while back.

Desoto AMVETS Post 48 Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship application is here.
The way I read this one, someone (parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle,etc.) in the family must be a member of Post 48.  If this is you, I highly recommend applying as usually scholarships like this do not have many applicants.  Also, there is no indication on the scholarship as to the value of the scholarship and if it is one or several scholarships. 
Deadline: 2/1/18 See maz for this application and to decide if you want to apply. 

Unigo - Education Matters Scholarship
As a scholarship seeker, you're probably already well-aware of the importance of an education. But, what about the naysayers? Have you come across someone who's tried to talk you out of college, saying that it's not worth more
Deadline: 11/30/17

ReviewerTouch $1000 Scholarship Program
About the $1000 scholarship program, it is being offered for the School , College and university students with a flair in writing. The key highlights about this program are...more information here
Deadline: 8/1/17

St. Louis Notre Dame Club Scholarship Program
I just want to give you a heads up this scholarship exists and is substantial.  If you think you may apply to Notre Dame University, see me about this scholarship, plus the fact I need to know this anyway. 

MOCPA Scholarship Opportunities
High school seniors are eligible to receive $500 toward their college education.  Applicants must be: MOCPA high school student members, which is free of charge and can be obtained online here; Recommended by an educator or school administrator; Missouri residents (or child of a MOCPA member); High school seniors during the 2017-2018 school year; Enrolled in a college/university in Missouri (after high school graduation); and Declared as an accounting major. High school winners are selected based on a point system, rating their GPA, ACT or SAT, educator recommendation, and leadership potential (honors, awards and activities).

Deadline: 2/23/18 More information here

Summer Programs at or sponsored by Notre Dame University
I will give you the website.  Explore.  The Summer Scholars program costs about $3500.  The Leadership Seminar is FREE - if you can qualify to get in among the 90 students nationwide. The Study Abroad to Rome or Italy is $6,750.  Go to and Search for precollege. 

KMOX SEMO Student of Achievement Scholarship. For juniors!
This is for juniors!!!!!!!!!  You need a strong leadership and Pius and community service record and a 3.5 GPA to qualify. St. Pius can nominate one junior.  Submit first a resume to maz and a committee will choose our nominee. Of course this can only be used at SEMO, so if this is likely your school and you have the qualifications, self nominate to maz asap. 
Deadline: 11/17/17 

Unigo - Scholarship alert
$235,000 in scholarships for November

Rare scholarship contest for grades 9-12. Theater people in particular!
The Twin Cit Area Optimist Club sponsors an annual Oratorical Contest with both local and then District and beyond winners. This involves giving a speech in a local competition first.  See maz for details and the application. 
Deadline: 2/17/18, but see maz asap.

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The St. Pius X College Placement Office helps students and parents understand the complexities of the college admissions process. I work one-on-one with each student to assess their academic and personal needs, leading to an appropriate selection of institutions at which to apply.

Mr. Marty Zielonko




A member of the St. Pius X community since 1977.

636-931-7487 Ext. 142

B.A. Benedictine College

M.A. Southeast MO State University

Visiting Colleges & Universities 

  • Over 54 colleges, universities, technical and military schools visit St. Pius X High School annually

  • The 693 Program: 6 class wide college tours to 9 colleges and universities in a student’s first 3 years of high school

  • Family college visits

  • College events calendar - list all upcoming college visits to St. Pius, open houses, visiting opportunities, and more

I cannot emphasize enough personally visiting colleges early and often.  Car trips to and from campuses are great times to process what the College Search Process is all about.  It is time and money very well spent.  Making the right college choice based on experiencing the place and investigating its programs and having other schools to compare it against help lead to a sound educational choice with lifelong consequences!

College Credits and the College Search Process

St. Pius X High School offers college credit courses through St. Louis University and University of Missouri St. Louis. 

The result of taking College Credit classes and earning CC credits could include three possibilities:

  1. The college accepts the college credits as a direct replacement.

  2. The college accepts the credits but applies them to the general education credit requirements of the college.

  3. The college does not accept any college credits taken in high school or caps the number taken.

The advantages of numbers 1 and 2 include the student entering college with a higher class status.  This allows for a higher priority status when enrolling for the courses that semester and every semester afterwards. The same thing applies to choosing student housing each year.

Another overlooked advantage is when a student is faced with a particularly tough semester schedule he or she may choose to take one less class this semester. Another advantage is in becoming eligible sooner for internships and study abroad.

There is always risk involved. As stated in number 3, college credits may not transfer at all. Colleges are constantly changing their policies regarding college credit transfers. When making your college selection, be sure to know the college's policy regarding college credit transfers. It may sway your final decision.