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Querbes Scholars

Querbes Scholars are students of exceptional academic promise, intellectual curiosity, intrinsic motivation, and faith-based concern for others.

The Querbes Scholars Program (QSP) invites students to enrich themselves, Saint Viator High School, and the wider community through opportunities that foster faith-based academic excellence, personal growth, dedication to service, and a lifelong love of learning, in accordance with the mission and vision of Fr. Louis Querbes.
Eligible students will receive invitations to apply to the program at the end of their freshman, sophomore, or junior years.  Applicants must meet the following requirements to enter the program:
  • Obtain a teacher’s recommendation and complete an online application
  • Achieve a minimum weighted cumulative GPA of 4.4 
  • Register for 3 honors/AP classes for the upcoming year
Once admitted, Querbes Scholars must meet the following requirements:
  • Maintain a semester GPA of 4.4 
  • Complete baseline requirements and submit at least 3 reflections online by the end of the first semester and a total of 8 reflections by May 1 each academic year
  • Complete Viatorian Service Learning requirements on time
  • Maintain a flawless record of academic integrity
  • Maintain compliance with school attendance policies

Program Benefits

The combination of the program's 21st-century curriculum and enrichment opportunities prepares students to be among the top candidates for admission into some of the leading colleges and universities in the nation. Additional benefits include:
  • Querbes Scholar designation on transcript
  • Involvement in special co-curricular activities and out-of-school cultural experiences (museums, theater, historic sites, etc.)
  • Special presentations from prominent speakers
  • Completion of a reflective digital portfolio focusing on growth through faith, service, and academics
  • A challenging and fun way to combine academics and “real world” experiences.

Querbes Scholars

Our Founder: Father Louis Querbes

Father Louis Marie Querbes founded the Clerics of St. Viator in Vourles (Lyon), France in 1838. The Viatorians describe their charism as education in faith and ministry of Word and Eucharist. Father Querbes was a priest, pastor and also a scholar. Author of a religious biography and a compiler of hymnals, he prepared manuals on Catechesis, teaching methodology and even mathematics.

Finding young people in Vourles and throughout rural France who could not read or write, he recruited teachers, opened schools, and eventually founded a religious community, the Clerics of St. Viator, to offer faith-based academic excellence. Saint Viator High School exemplifies his goals and ideals.

Querbes Scholars Program Moderators

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    Christopher Paolelli 

    Department Chair - English
Located in Arlington Heights, IL, Saint Viator High School is a private, co-ed, Catholic school for grades 9-12. Students benefit from a challenging academic program, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.