Scholarships & Tuition Assistance

Financial Aid Recipients at Saint Mary's Hall

Saint Mary’s Hall offers robust scholarship programs and tuition assistance, which allow us to make our excellent education available to students of all socioeconomic backgrounds.

 Each year, we award more than $2 million in need-based aid and scholarships to roughly 13% of our student body.

Academic Scholarships

Academic scholarships are available to new and currently enrolled students entering Forms 9 - 12. All scholarships are awarded after the current recipient graduates, with the exception of the Major General Daniel S. and Mrs. Ruth Taylor Campbell Scholarship and the Susan Gresham Davidge Scholarship.

Scholarships Available for 2020-2021 School Year

Capers and Elliott Leadership Award – Half Upper School tuition for four years

In honor of Bishop Elliott and Bishop Capers, the two Episcopalian Bishops who were instrumental to the founding and modern re-organization of Saint Mary’s Hall, one student from each of the schools or school districts below will receive a discount of 50% tuition for Forms 9-12. Recipients will have exhibited a strong interest in a variety of extracurricular activities, as well as clear signs of leadership, initiative, and commitment to serving their school community. 

The deadline for the Capers and Elliott Leadership Award is Friday, November 15, 2019 at 4pm.

Who can apply:

Students who qualify for admission to Form 9 at Saint Mary’s Hall  and who have demonstrated leadership in their school community through clubs, student organizations, or other extracurricular activities at the following schools or school districts:

  • Alamo Heights Junior School
  • Montessori School of San Antonio
  • Northeast ISD and Northside ISD
  • San Antonio Academy
  • St. George Episcopal School
  • St. Luke’s Episcopal School

How to apply:

  • Complete the admission process
  • Complete and return the Capers & Elliott Leadership Award Application
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from the current head of school or principal focusing on student’s leadership skills in the school community.

Jamie Armstrong and John Mirza Bennett Leadership Award - Up to $5,000 award per year

In honor of Mrs. Jamie Armstrong Bennett, who attended Saint Mary’s Hall from 1924-1930, this scholarship is awarded to one or more female students who have completed Forms 9 and 10 at Saint Mary’s Hall. Recipients of this award have demonstrated consistent academic excellence and exhibited a strong interest in a variety of extracurricular activities. To her teachers and fellow classmates, there should be clear signs of leadership, initiative, and commitment to serving the community.

The deadline for the Jamie Armstrong and John Mirza Bennett Leadership Award is February 7, 2020 at 4pm.

Who can apply:

  • Female students who have completed Forms 9 and 10 at Saint Mary's Hall
  • Female students with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25
  • Female students who have demonstrated strong interest in a variety of extracurricular activities, consistent academic excellence, and an understanding of our core values

How to apply:

Major General Daniel S. and Mrs. Ruth Taylor Campbell Scholarship - Full Upper School tuition for four years

The Major General Daniel S. and Mrs. Ruth Taylor Campbell Scholarship awards two full-tuition scholarships each year to rising Form 9 students demonstrating high achievement and outstanding leadership. All finalists who are not selected as Campbell Scholars are awarded the Sally and Glenn Ramsdell Scholarship (a one-time $5,000 award), and up to 100% of any additional demonstrated financial need.

Campbell Scholars distinguish themselves through their leadership on campus and their service to the community.

Please take time to review the complete details on the Campbell Scholarship. Please note: Students currently enrolled in Form 8 at Saint Mary's Hall will receive instructions from the Office of Admission by mail in September.

The deadline for the Campbell Scholarship is November 15, 2019 at 4pm.

Who can apply:

  • Students entering Form 9
  • Students with an average in the 90th percentile or above for the four sections of the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE), with no score below the 80th percentile
  • Students with a minimum GPA of 4.0 for the first quarter. Only core academic course grades will be considered (English, math, science, and social studies).
  • Students in good academic standing with demonstrated understanding of our core values

How to apply:

  • Complete the admission process. Check the Campbell Scholarship box within the application.
  • Complete and return the Major General Daniel S. and Mrs. Ruth Taylor Campbell Scholarship Application
  • Submit English Teacher Recommendation
  • Submit Math Teacher Recommendation
  • Submit  School Report
  • Submit Extracurricular Recommendation
  • Submit official transcript for Forms 6-8
  • Complete an official day visit and interview on campus
  • Take the ISEE

Sally and Glenn Ramsdell Scholarship - One-time $5,000 award

The Sally and Glenn Ramsdell Scholarship honors the memory of Jacquelyn E. Ramsdell (Class of 1943) and is awarded to new or current students entering Form 9 who qualify as finalists in the Campbell Academic Scholarship Competition.

Who can apply:

  • Students entering Form 9 who have qualified as a finalist for the Major General Daniel S. and Mrs. Ruth Taylor Campbell Scholarship

 

How to apply:

Susan Gresham Davidge Scholarship - Full Upper School tuition for four years

This scholarship was made possible by a bequest from Rupert Neely Gresham, Jr. in honor of his sister, Susan Gresham Davidge (Class of 1941), and awards full-tuition each year to a rising Form 9 student who demonstrates both high achievement and outstanding leadership.

The deadline for the Gresham Scholarship is January 17, 2020 at 4 pm.

Who can apply:

  • Rising Form 9 students not currently enrolled at Saint Mary’s Hall
  • Students with a minimum GPA of 3.2 in core academic classes (English, math, science, and social studies) for grades 6-8
  • Students who score an average in the 85th percentile or above in the four sections of the Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE) with no individual score below the 75th percentile in any one section
  • Students must have participated in at least one school-approved extracurricular activity each year during grades six 6-8

How to apply:

  • Complete the admission process.
  • Complete and return the Susan Gresham Davidge Scholarship Application
  • Submit Essay Requirement
  • Submit two Scholarship Recommendation Forms focusing on the student's leadership and extracurricular activities
  • Submit a copy of the student's transcript (report card) from grade six (6) through the first semester of grade eight (8)
  • Four finalists will be selected by the Upper School Admission Committee and notified by January 24, 2020. Interviews will be scheduled the following week and decisions made by February 3, 2020.

Future Scholarships

Ben McMurray Scholarship - Up to $6,000 per year

In memory of Ben McMurray (Class of 2006), this scholarship is made possible by the McMurray family, their many friends, SMH students, and other contributors. Recipients of this scholarship are Upper School students who have been selected because they embody the big-hearted and spirited life that characterized Ben.

Who can apply:

  • Students entering Forms 9-12
  • Students with demonstrated financial need
  • Students in good academic standing with demonstrated understanding of our core values

How to apply:

  • Complete the admission process
  • Complete and return the Ben McMurray Scholarship Application
  • Submit essay requirement
  • Submit two Scholarship Recommendation Forms
  • Complete the FAST online application
  • Submit a copy of the previous year’s tax return to FAST, including all schedules and any W-2 forms

Betty Stieren Kelso Scholarship - Up to $20,000 per year

In honor of Mrs. Betty Stieren Kelso (Class of 1950), this scholarship is awarded to students who have a demonstrated financial need, and who have demonstrated the ability to be successful at Saint Mary’s Hall by meeting all admission criteria. While not a requirement, students with parents in the active or retired military will receive preference when naming the scholarship recipients.

Who can apply:

  • New students entering Saint Mary's Hall in Form 9
  • Students with demonstrated financial need
  • Students in good academic standing with demonstrated understanding of our core values

How to apply:

  • Complete the admission process
  • Complete and return the Betty Stieren Kelso Scholarship Application
  • Submit essay requirement
  • Submit two Scholarship Recommendation Forms
  • Complete the FAST online application
  • Submit a copy of the previous year’s tax return to FAST, including all schedules and any W-2 forms

Earl Bill Scholarship - Up to $3,000 per year

This scholarship honors former beloved Saint Mary’s Hall coach and mentor Earl Bill, and is made possible by Tesoro Petroleum and Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Smith. This scholarship recognizes a deserving Upper School student who is actively involved in the school community.

Who can apply:

  • Students entering Forms 9-12
  • Students actively involved in the school community

How to apply:

  • Complete the admission process
  • Complete and return the Earl Bill Scholarship Application
  • Submit essay requirement
  • Submit two Scholarship Recommendation Forms focusing on student's leadership and school and community activities

Greehey Family Foundation Scholarship - Up to $8,000 per year

This scholarship is made possible by the Greehey Family Foundation. It is awarded to new Form 9 students enrolling at Saint Mary’s Hall with a focus on making an independent school education possible for students with demonstrated financial need. The deadline for the Greehey Family Foundation Scholarship is February 8, 2019 at 4 pm.

Who can apply:

  • New students entering Saint Mary’s Hall in Form 9
  • Students who do not currently attend a private or independent school
  • Students with demonstrated financial need
  • Students in good academic standing with demonstrated understanding of our core values

How to apply:

  • Complete the admission process
  • Complete and return the Greehey Family Foundation Scholarship Application
  • Submit essay requirement
  • Submit two Scholarship Recommendation Forms
  • Complete the FAST online application
  • Submit a copy of the previous year's tax return to FAST, including all schedules and any W-2 forms

Jamie Armstrong and John Mirza Bennett Scholarship - Up to $4,000 per year

This scholarship is awarded to a young woman who demonstrates academic excellence and possesses outstanding leadership qualities. Preference is given to female students with an established record of community service and an expressed interest in athletics while attending Saint Mary’s Hall. The selected candidate will receive an award of $4,000 until graduation as long as she continues to meet the scholarship requirements.

Who can apply:

Female Students

  • A rising Form 9 female student
  • With a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25
  • Shows leadership among classmates
  • Participates in community and extra-curricular activities including athletics

 

How to apply:

  • Complete the admission process
  • Complete and return the Jamie Armstrong and John Mirza Bennett Scholarship Application
  • Submit essay requirement
  • Submit two Scholarship Recommendation Forms
  • Complete the FAST online application
  • Submit a copy of the previous year’s tax return to FAST, including all schedules and any W-2 forms

L.D. Ormsby Foundation Scholarship - Up to $3,000 per year

This scholarship is made possible through the generosity of the L.D. Ormsby Foundation and is awarded to new or current Upper School students at Saint Mary’s Hall.

Who can apply:

  • Students entering Forms 9-12
  • Students with demonstrated financial need
  • Students who are in good standing (academic and citizenship)

How to apply:

  • Complete the admission process
  • Complete and return the L.D. Ormsby Scholarship Application
  • Submit essay requirement
  • Submit two Scholarship Recommendation Forms
  • Submit a copy of the previous year’s tax return to FAST, including all schedules and any W-2 forms

Shifra and Jerry Rosen Scholarship for Academic and Artistic Merit - Up to $5,000 per year

This scholarship was created by our Board of Trustees in honor of the retirement of Jerry Rosen, long-time Saint Mary’s Hall development director and his wife, Shifra, a former Form 2 teacher. This scholarship is awarded to an incoming Form 9 student who demonstrates strong academic and artistic abilities.

Who can apply:

  • Students entering Form 9
  • Students who have completed the Campbell Academic Scholarship Competition
  • Students with strong artistic abilities
  • Students who score in the 80th percentile or above on each sub-test of the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE)
  • Students with a minimum GPA of 3.20 (only academic course grades will be considered)
  • Students who have demonstrated an understanding of our core values

How to apply:

  • Complete the admission process
  • Complete and return the Shifra and Jerry Rosen Scholarship for Academic and Artistic Merit Application
  • Complete the Campbell Academic Scholarship Competition
  • Submit two Scholarship Recommendation Forms
  • Submit examples of artistic ability

Ved Behal Scholarship - Up to $3,000 per year

This scholarship is made possible by Mrs. Shamila Behal in memory of her father, Mr. Ved Behal. Mr. Behal was a successful businessman and philanthropist who inspired his children and grandchildren to follow in his footsteps by making education a top priority.

Who can apply:

  • Students entering Form 9
  • Students with demonstrated financial need
  • Students with demonstrated understanding of our core values
  • Students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (only academic courses will be considered)

How to apply:

  • Complete the admission process
  • Complete and return the Ved Behal Scholarship Application
  • Submit essay requirement
  • Submit two Scholarship Recommendation Forms
  • Complete the FAST online application
  • Submit a copy of the previous year’s tax return to FAST, including all schedules and any W-2 forms

Tuition Assistance Consideration

Tuition assistance is made possible through the Saint Mary's Hall endowment and through the generous support of our alumni, parents, grandparents, faculty, staff, foundations, and other friends.

If you are interested in applying for tuition assistance, we have a helpful step-by-step-guide. To be considered for a grant, a student must be in at least Forms 1 - 12 and have been accepted to or currently attending Saint Mary's Hall.
Tution assistance is determined through careful review using  FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition) by Independent School Management, a national organization that performs initial aid analysis for many of the nation's top independent schools. At Saint Mary's Hall, we review the FAST analysis, along with tax records, and other information provided by the family, to determine estimated assistance.

The deadline for submitting your application and tax documents to FAST is February 7, 2020.

Office of Admission

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admission@smhall.org
(210) 483-9234