College Placement

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A New Resource for St. Pius X High School offers careers and internships in sleep and numerous sleep scholarships and financial aid assistance

St. Louis Notre Dame Club Scholarship
Seniors:  I do not know of any of you interested but if you are this is for you 

Juniors and Sophomores:  This could make Notre Dame financially doable if you have the Financial Need requirement and can get accepted at Notre Dame.  Realistically, this means a mid to upper 30s on the ACT.  
These scholarships range from $3,000 to $12,000 for 4 years. 
See maz for more specifics. 

Upcoming rep. visits
Rankin 9/20/18, Lewis University 9/20/18, University of Mary 9/20/18, Benedictine College 9/24/18, Evangel University 9/25/18, Columbia College, Columbia, MO 9/25/18, Quincy 9/25/18, Webster University 9/26/18, MO S and T 9/26/18, Marian University 9/27/18, Westminister 9/27/18, Illinois Wesleyan 10/9/18, Jefferson College 10/9/18, Fontbonne University 10/9/18, Rockhurst 10/10/18, University of Kentucky 10/10/18, SIU-Carbondale 10/11/18, SEMO 10/11/18, University of Missouri - Columbia (Mizzou) 10/15/18, Wyoming Catholic 10/16/18, St. Louis College of Pharmacy 10/17/18, Truman State University 10/19/18, University of McKendree 10/22/18, University of Evansville 10/22/18, & University of Arkansas 10/24/18

CTCL E-Newsletter, September 2018
Neat article about "Fit."

SIUE Application Week!
SIU-E bound students!  A MUST SEE!  Free application week.  Saves you $40.  Juniors:  Pocket this for next year.  

SEMO - Copper Dome Scholarships
I am more and more trying to use these mailings to help you to better wrap your head around college related terms and to begin to come to grips with the financial realities of attending college. Thus, this is is good for you and your parents regardless of your class level. more

New Counselor Newsletter - Bradley University
Information & links about Bradley University

Guidance Counselor Newsletter: September Edition - Saint Mary's Notre Dame, IN
Women of St. Pius!  Ever think about an all women's college?  St. Mary's in South Bend, Indiana is a top notch school and right across the street from Notre Dame University.  Look at al their new offerings including going Test Optional!  If you want to talk about this I have a lot to say about SM.

Book Lovers Scholarship Essay Contest
The Robert J. Stuckey Essay Contest is sponsored by the Friends of the University of Missouri Libraries as an annual essay contest for students 9-12. If this is you as you love to read and write, see maz for details.  St. Pius can send only one nomination. 
Deadline: 1/31/19

ACT Workshop at Webster University
Limited to 65 students, Lunch provided, $50 fee must be received 10 days in advance, Books up quickly! 8 am -2:30 PM Choose from these three dates: Saturday, Nov. 17, Saturday, Jan. 19, Saturday, March 30

Register online at

Fontbonne University - Preview Day
Incoming freshmen, these preview days are just for you!m Join us September 28 or November 13 to learn about Fontbonne’s programs, activities, athletics, campus, culture — and how you fit in to it all. Simply select a date and complete the form below to save your spot. We look forward to seeing you!

New local scholarship - Homer Boyer Scholarship 
The Homer Boyer Scholarship is from the Sons of the American Legion Post 253 and is for $500. You must be related to a current member of the military or deceased veteran (parent, grandparent).  Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and plan to attend a post secondary institution of higher learning. Pick up the the application which has the required essay topic on it, from maz.  It also requires two letters of recommendation and my signature.

Deadline: 4/1/19 

Habsieger Foundation - Oktober Festus 2018
Unusual scholarship opportunity. but also a good site to look at.  Note the 6 $1,000 drawings during this day. 

This and that in yesterday's mail. Something for everyone. Attachment
Want to be ca pharmacist?, Want to be a dancer?, Want to go to...?, Want to be an...? More information here

Important information for SEMO bound students.

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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 piority 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.