Father Louis Querbes Scholars Program

A program designed to enable highly motivated students to excel in academics and personal enrichment

History

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.

 

Mission

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.

 

Admission and Membership

Applications are accepted during the fourth quarter of freshman, sophomore, or junior years. Applicants must meet and maintain the following requirements to enter and remain in the program:

  • Maintain a minimum weighted GPA of 101%
  • Register for 3 honors classes for the upcoming year
  • Complete baseline requirements and submit reflection portfolio by May 1 each academic year
  • Attend at least one Querbes academic symposium each year (sophomores); assist in planning and presenting one symposium per year (juniors and seniors)
  • Attend at least one Querbes cultural experience each year and complete a reflection assignment
  • Complete Viatorian Service Learning requirements on time
  • Maintain a flawless record of academic integrity
  • Maintain compliance with school attendance policies
  • Obtain a teacher’s recommendation

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, theatre, historic sites, etc.)
  • Special presentations from prominent speakers
  • regular symposiums integrating academic and social issues of current relevance;
  • completion of a reflective digital portfolio focusing on growth through faith, service, and academics; and
  • a challenging and fun way to combine academics and “real world” experiences.

 

 

Our Founder: Father Louis Querbes:

(1793-1859)