Neumann Scholarship Essay 20110

Initiated in 1995, this scholarship program identifies academically talented eighth grade students in the parochial school system through an independently administered competitive examination and provides four year scholarships to attend one of seventeen Archdiocesan high schools.

  • 900 eligible eighth grade students, on average, compete for this scholarship, representing 112 parochial grade schools in five counties
  • 35 eighth grade students who excel on the Neumann Scholars exam will be awarded four-year scholarships to the Archdiocesan high school of their choice
  • 153 Neumann Scholars currently attend Archdiocesan high schools

The Neumann Scholars Program is respected and recognized by prestigious colleges and universities locally and nationally, and the students are actively recruited.  Accomplishments since the program's inception affirm the high academic caliber of its 833 graduates to date:

  • 100% college acceptance and attendance
  • $156.9 million offered in college scholarships
  • 107 National Merit Finalists
  • 2 National Merit Semi-Finalists
  • 193 National Merit Commended Students
  • 5 National Merit Achievement Students
  • Average SAT score of 1449 and a high score of 1600 (combined math and critical reading)

The Foundation offers:

  • Four year scholarships
  • Your choice of 17 Archdiocesan high schools
  • Personal Academic Counselor to monitor your goals and track your success
  • Summer educational opportunities at prestigious universities (Notre Dame, Boston College, Harvard, Georgetown, Thomas Jefferson, Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Drexel just to name a few)

Each year approximately 35 four year scholarships for attendance at an Archdiocesan high school are offered to students who excel in the scholarship test given in October at Archdiocesan high schools located in each of the five counties: Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery. 

Eligibility: Letters of invitation to sit for the Neumann Scholars Test are sent by elementary school principals to eligible students who meet the following criteria:

  • Attended a parish/regional elementary school for the entire 7th grade academic year
  • Currently attend a parish/regional school located in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
  • Achieved a National Percentile (NP) Total Score of 90 or above OR a Cognitive Skills Index (CSI) of 120 or above in the 7th grade Terra Nova Test
  • Achieved a final general average of 92.0 or above in 7th grade
  • Have a strong desire to attend an Archdiocesan high school
  • Complete the application process by the stated deadline
  • Submit an essay to your principal by the stated deadline

PLEASE NOTE: This offer of four year scholarships provides for attendance at one of 17 Archdiocesan high schools only. The offer does not extend to private Catholic high schools situated in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia .

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