College Placement

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Recovery Village Health Care Scholarship ($1,000)
The Recovery Village is dedicated to maintaining exceptional service while providing unique opportunities for education and personal development. As part of this commitment, The Recovery Village is offering a $1,000 scholarship to students pursuing a medical-related course of study. More information & apply
Deadline: 6/30/18

Upcoming rep visits
Avila 4/26 - See the full list of upcoming & past rep visits here

Got Ethics? BBB Scholarship Opportunity
Rare scholarship for current juniors. More information & apply

Maryville University - Resources for First Generation College Students
The article provides insight about the college financial aid process, choosing a major, and tips for parents. 

Habsieger First Responder Scholarship
Applicant must be a child of a Jefferson County first responder. Completed applications should be mailed no later than March 31 to: John Crites, Festus Middle School 1717 West Main St, Festus, MO  63028 See application

Deadline: 3/31/18

Upcoming rep visits
University of Mary 3/27, Marian University 4/5 - See the full list of upcoming & past rep visits here

State Youth Government Day
If you like government, this is the trip for you!  Every year the Youth Government Day is sponsored by the local American Legion.  The day long trip is to Jefferson City, is a busload of local high school students, and it free!  Past students have really enjoyed this. See maz if interested.  See the email below and the attachments. (Yes, you miss a day of school, Tuesday, April 10.) more here
Deadline: 3/22/18

Summer Academies from Mizzou CAFNR
Students can learn more about majors and career opportunities with CAFNR summer programs! More information here

Kidguard - $1500 Annual Scholarship Resource for Students
KidGuard Education is offering multiple $500-$1,000 scholarships for students at St. Pius X High School. Within the last two years, KidGuard Education has provided $8000 in scholarship to support students of all professions.  This scholarship will now be an annual opportunity. The application deadline is every year on Oct. 31. More information here   
Deadline: 10/31/18

2018 Missouri Courage Scholarship (MCS) 
Our application is open to all graduating seniors in Missouri, and submissions must be made by March 31, 2018. MCS has awarded over $25,000 since 2016. Awards range from $1,000-$3,000. If you have questions or difficulty accessing the application, please email MCS may request additional information to help us determine final award recipients (e.g., transcript, FAFSA information, etc)...more information here
Deadline: 3/31/18

Tulsa University offering music camps and workshops this summer for high school students
Summer music camps at Tulsa University.  This is a top notch school! Academy for Pianists, Summer Jazz Camp, Vocal & Choral Camp more information here

Great News!
Mr. Byington, a Criminal Justice instructor at Jefferson College, (and Pius parent!)  will be in the Annex during the lunch hour on Thursday, March 8 to discuss what a career in criminal justice more

Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame - Summer opportunity for women only
Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana is offering its third Theological Institute for High School Women.  "This is a one week program that combines theological reflection with interactive sessions that enable the students to immediately connect what they are learning with their lives." There are two one week sessions on July 8-13 and july 15-20.  The total cost is only $250 because of a grant from the Lily Foundation.  This $250 covers room, board, tuition and all activities.  THAT IS INCREDIBLY INEXPENSIVE! Go to to learn more. Maz also has a brochure to look through.  Please tell maz if you are doing this.

Deadline: 4/15/18 

Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer Office - 2018 Art Competition Information
Art competition release form, rules & regulations, guide to copyright, previous winners, and more here
Deadline: 4/16/18

Upcoming rep visits
Marine Corp recruiter 3/8, Webster 4/5, DePaul 4/24

BSW Catholic High School Program 2018
Brand new and a special St. Pius (And Borgia) invitation only. 

Intensive one week college course at Fontbonne for a summer social work camp.  This is limited to just ten students and St. Pius and Borgia High School students are being offered first dibbs.  Sharon Jackson will be here at St. Pius at 11:30 on Friday, March 16 to talk to interested students about this opportunity.  If you are reading this and are interested, email back to maz as I am compiling a list of interested students. See the Attachment and get back to maz.

Unigo - $16,700 in scholarships in March
Don’t head off to Spring Break just yet without applying for these great scholarships

CGStudio Spring Scholarship 1st place $1,500, 2nd place $1.000
CGStudio, a leading online marketplace for 3D models, has established a scholarship program to help support talented students with an interest in the 3D industry. The topic for our first scholarship is...more information here
Deadline: 4/16/18

Western Illinois University - Summer Camp Opportunities (4th - 12th Grade)
Many summer camp opportunities at Western Illinois University.  Take a look!
From "flying" on broomsticks to fishing in the Mississippi River, Western Illinois University's summer camps are a wonderful experience for youth of all ages.  Sponsored by the Office of Study Abroad and Outreach, WIU has a variety of options to draw in students from the region, state and even country. More information here

State Tech Open House Announcement
For those who want to get certification in the trades and crafts, this is your school.  Go to this!
DON’T MISS STATE TECH’S OPEN HOUSE!!  On Saturday, March 24th, you will have the opportunity to visit State Technical College of Missouri, meet faculty, and explore campus during their Open House event.  Find out why State Tech is considered “The Employers Choice” for advanced and emerging technical education.   Participants are encouraged (but not required) to RSVP for planning purposes.  See you at STATE TECH
Open House video - Register

University of Dayton Summer Program
Leadership 101 Summer program - A neat summer opportunity at a neat university for a current sophomores and juniors.  More information & apply
Deadline: 3/9/18

CMU Experience Day - March 10th
This looks neat.  Any takers? 
Campus Map  CMU Experience Day Flyer
Deadline to register: 3/7/18

BSW Catholic High School Program 2018
Summer Social Work Program at Fontbonne University in St. Louis...more information

William Pablo Feraldo Memorial Foundation Scholarship Program.
St. Pius can nominate three seniors guys for this scholarship . Go here to see if you qualify and if yes, see maz. There must be substantial financial need.

Deadline: 3/31/18 See maz to self nominate. 

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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.