JPII Scholars

About the “JPII Scholar” Award

The purpose of the JPII Scholar Award is to recognize students who are exceptional in their academic achievements and in their commitment to academic excellence. It is a partial tuition “merit” award for one year, but awardees have the opportunity to re-qualify for the scholarship if their academic achievements continue to be exceptional.

To be considered for the award for 2020-2021 school year, students must apply by February 1, 2020.

Frequently asked questions:

How are JPII Scholars chosen?  Awardees are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, as determined by placement tests and academic record (for new students) and exceptional performance in our honors/AP curriculum and on national tests (for returning students).  The scholarship is a true “merit” award, independent of financial need. It is highly competitive.

How do I apply? Students must send a personal statement about the importance of education in their life, a resume of academic achievements and national test scores (or placement test scores) to “JPII Scholar Selection Committee” by February 1, 2020. Late arriving applications will not be considered. 

How much is the award? The JPII Scholar Award is a partial tuition scholarship that varies in amount, not to exceed one-third of total tuition. JPII Scholars needing more assistance can augment their total financial award by applying for traditional financial aid in addition to the JPII Scholar Award. Please note application for both the JPII Scholar Award and financial aid have deadlines of February 1, 2020.

When would I be notified? Students chosen to be a “JPII Merit Scholar” will be sent a letter of notification and an acceptance form in the March/April time frame for the following year.

How do I accept the award? By signing the acceptance form sent with the notification and returning this form immediately.

If I am named a JPII Scholar, how can I re-qualify for future years? Students can re-qualify as JPII Scholars in subsequent years by re-applying and re-earning the distinction in an open competition. JPII Scholars should be deeply invested in the school’s honors/AP classes and continue to perform exceptionally well in these classes and on national tests relative to their peers.

Are there any implications in accepting this award for athletic eligibility?  Yes, possibly.  By the rules of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA), of which nearly all private schools are a member, varsity athletes cannot receive financial assistance to attend a member school unless he or she demonstrates financial need through a defined financial aid process that includes a third party assessment.

Because the “JPII Scholar” award is a true “merit” award independent of need, accepting the cash award nullifies varsity eligibility in TSSAA-sanctioned sports for that academic year.  However, the rule does not apply to non-TSSAA sanctioned sports (hockey, swimming, lacrosse, cheerleading, or dance), nor does acceptance of the award exclude the recipient from participation on TSSAA sanctioned freshmen or JV teams. In particular cases, a student may wish to apply for the award for the purpose of being honored and building a resume for college applications, but then decline the cash award to preserve his or her varsity eligibility.  In the acceptance form for the scholarship, families will be able to state their intentions to JPII directly.

How can I contribute to this award? Donors may augment this scholarship for future recipients by making a tax-deductible contribution to “Development Office, Pope John Paul II High School, 117 Caldwell Drive, Hendersonville, TN 37075 re. JPII Scholar”.