Father Louis Querbes Scholars Program

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


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 are students of exceptional academic promise, highly motivated, and imbued with a faith-based concern for others. Querbes Scholars are invited to enrich their years at Saint Viator High School through activities that foster personal growth, intellectual independence and faith enrichment.


The Querbes Scholars Program 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.

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


Admission and Membership

  • Invitations to apply will be sent at the completion of freshmen, sophomore, or junior years to students with an overall GPA above the 101% threshold 
  • GPA minimum of 101% to apply and must be maintained (students get probationary semester to raise GPA above the 101% threshold)
  • Registered for 3 honors classes for each year
  • Complete baseline requirements by May 1st each academic year
  • All Viatorian Service Learning requirements on time
  • Maintain a flawless record of academic integrity
  • Be in compliance with school attendance policies
  • Teacher recommendation form


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;
  • regular symposiums integrating academic and social issues of current relevance;
  • complete 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.


Querbes Framework

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Enrichment opportunities

Special presentations with prominent speakers
  • Out of school experiences:
    • Operas
    • Theaters
    • Museums
    • Lectures
    • Historic sites
  • Summer opportunities:
    • College program
    • Internships
    • Seminars

Our Founder: Father Louis Querbes: