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The Saint John Vianney Scholars program is designed to provide financial and academic support to children in need that are involved in their community and motivated to excel in school. Each year, students from Catholic elementary schools in the Archdioceses of Philadelphia are selected to be the recipients of partial four-year scholarships to attend one of 15 Archdiocesan high schools*. They are selected based on the results of the Neumann Scholars exam, which is independently administered through the Connelly Foundation, which takes place in January.

Letters of invitation to sit for the Neumann Scholars Test in January are sent by elementary school principals to eligible students in November 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 in the first marking period of 8th grade;

  • Have a strong desire to attend an Archdiocesan high school;

  • Received an invitation to take the Neumann Scholars Test;

  • Complete the application process by the stated deadline;

  • Submit an essay to your principal by the stated deadline.

The Saint John Vianney Scholars program began in 2012, and the initial Scholarship Awards were presented to eight students at the Scholarship Sunday presentation held at St. John Vianney Church in Gladwyne, PA. Today, over 30 students receive an annual $3,000 scholarship to a Catholic high school.

To find out more information about the SJV scholars program, please contact the parish offices at


*The offer does not extend to private Catholic high schools situated in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia

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