St. Francis Scholars

We are seeking leaders who will shape not only the Riordan community, but also the wider world.

The St. Francis Scholars program is one of many prestigious academic programs at Riordan with a focus on service, building leadership capacity, and college and career prep. Leaders come in all shapes and sizes but have a desire to serve their fellow Crusaders, their school, their families, the greater community, God, and the world. 

Candidates are selected based on their exceptional academic achievement, performance on the High School Placement Test (HSPT), and demonstration of good character and citizenship. Each Scholar receives the following:

  • Academic scholarship over four years with maintenance of a 3.5 cumulative GPA.
  • Access to AP and Honors academic track, including an honors philosophy curriculum called The Lyceum.
  • Invitation to attend field trips, seminars, and other enrichment opportunities.
  • Service opportunities in the Bay Area.
  • Focused college counseling, including interview practice and sophomore year meeting with College Counseling staff

  • Enrichment seminars with alumni and community leaders in the areas of military, law, education, technology, philanthropy, and biotech. 

Please note: This is an invitation-only scholarship offered to admitted students. You are welcome to indicate your interest in the program with Mr. Danny Curtin, Vice President of Enrollment & Strategy. 


St. Francis Scholars
College Acceptances

Recent St. Francis Scholars were accepted to Georgetown, Notre Dame, Johns Hopkins, Boston College, Loyola Marymount University, Northeastern, Saint Mary’s College, Stanford, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Santa Cruz, University of Michigan, and the University of San Francisco.

Two students received Presidential Scholarships to Loyola Marymount and Saint Mary’s, the most prestigious awards offered by these institutions.