St. Mary’s Academy is excited to announce that, through the generosity of The John H. and Cynthia Lee Smet Foundation, 12 Belles from the Class of 2022 make up the first cohort of Onward Scholars at SMA!

The Smet Foundation provides a four-year scholarship for 75% of each Onward Scholar’s tuition costs in addition to a personal stipend of $2,000 to use over her time at SMA. The stipend offsets the cost of activities in line with the mission of Onward Scholars such as summer pre-college programs or off-campus cultural experiences.

Onward Scholars at St. Mary’s Academy receive not only the support services the school provides, but also work closely with the onsite Onward Scholars Program Director to receive mentoring and access to programs that prepare students for the college application and matriculation process. Monthly OSP-sponsored workshops focus on life skill development and topics of significance in the advancement of young women in today’s world.

What has Cohort I been up to since they joined the SMA family last March?  Read the inaugural edition of the Onward Outlook below! We look forward to the continued growth of Onward Scholars at SMA-Cohort II will be selected in March 2019 from the Red Tie Class of 2023!