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Sam Shapiro Festus/Crystal City Rotary Scholarship ($750 Lump sum)
Award given to one local area high school senior. (CC, Festus, Pius, Herky, R-7 only) See maz for the application. 
Deadline: 2/20/20 - Due to maz by Feb. 20 We can send four Finalist only three from St. Pius. 

Reagan Foundation - Summer opportunity 
Get paid and earn college credit while interning at the Reagan Library this summer! Deadline: 2/15/19 More information & apply

Bill of Rights Institute - We the Students Essay Contest{$5,000 first prize)
The deadline for our We the Students Essay Contest is less than a month away so please remind your students to submit their essays as soon as possible.
-We don’t want you to miss out on an opportunity to win one of fifteen scholarships including a $5,000 First Prize.
-We are especially excited about this year’s contest because we are asking students to personalize their essays by telling us what citizenship looks like in their communities in 21st century America.
Deadline: 2/14/19 Please visit the website for the full list of rules and regulations and the application portal.

Western Illinois University - Summer Camps
Summer Opportunity. Many of these are terrific.  You spend a week or so on a college campus in the summer with people your age and with like interests. More information & apply

DeSoto Women's Auxiliary Post 48 Scholarships
DeSoto Women's Auxiliary Post 48 Scholarship AND the State AND the National applications are attached.  Maz also has paper copies. 

Deadline: 3/15/19 to the Post Chairperson AUX LOCAL - AUX STATE - AUX NATIONAL

Scholarships! Scholarships everywhere!
Jefferson College Bound students.  Scholarship info. 

Upcoming rep. visits
University of Iowa 1/30/19, Truman State 2/6/19, Avila 2/6/19, Mineral Area 2/20/19,  SEMO 2/14/19, Maryville University 3/18/19

2018 STEM Scholarship Opportunity ($1,000 winner, 2 $250 runner ups)
Payment processing is already driven and enabled by technology. Successful execution in the future of payments requires educated minds that focus on both business goals and cutting-edge innovation. As an industry leader, BluePay is continuing our support of students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines.
Deadline: 8/16/19 More information & apply

Sam Shapiro Scholarship ($750)
Hosted by the Festus-Crystal City Rotary Club - The scholarship is a $750 lump sum to be used for post-secondary education at a community college or university. 
Deadline: 3/1/19 Letter to St. Pius - Scholarship details

Apply Today for a MOCPA Scholarship ($500)
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. More information and application here
Deadline: 1/23/19

OppU Achievers Scholarship ($2,500 Award)
Deadlines: Applications accepted year-round with cycle deadlines on September 30, December 31, March 31, June 30, Eligibility: GPA above 3.0
How to Apply: Students submit a short essay through the portal on our scholarship page
Deadline 9/30/19 More information & apply

STLCC-Meramec and South County Admissions Updates
St. Louis Community College Information night.  Especially for A+ users. Scroll down the page past the UM transfer Night info.

Bank of America  - Accepting Student Leader applications now!
Juniors and Seniors only
- Applications are now being accepted for Bank of America Student Leaders. Every year, through our Student Leaders program we help connect four St. Louis based community-minded high school juniors and seniors to employment, skills development and service. They’re awarded paid....more information & apply
Deadline: 2/1/19

State Tech - News From Admissions
State Tech Open House

College Covered - one more chance at our $10,000 scholarship!
Discover Scholarship

READ ALL the below and ...A reminder about ACT registration for the Feb. 9 test
The regular registration deadline is this Friday, Jan. 11. more

Girls State for one junior girl
Girls State is held annually for junior girls in Missouri who are interested in politics and how government works.  This year it will be held at the University of Central Missouri State in Warrensburg on June 23-29. The application is online but do not yet do this. This is entirely free as the American Legion Women's Auxiliary sponsors this every more
Deadline: 3/1/19 but I need to give it to Wanda Kinder here locally by 2/15/19

Boys State information has arrived
Boys State is held annually for any junior boy in Missouri who is interested in politics and how government works.  This year it will be held at the University of Central Missouri State in Warrensburg on June 15-22. The application is online but I need to know you are doing this as I have to also sign it.  This is entirely free as the American Legion sponsors this every year.  There will be 2,000 junior guys there and every year our junior guys who choose to go love it. You will be busy from early morning till late at night and you really should be interested in government.  If you are not, DO NOT GO.  It does make you eligible for scholarships in college and it is a great thing on your resume. 

Deadline: 3/1/19 and the local American Legion usually takes all who apply. See maz for more information. 

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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.