Hurtado Scholars Program

The Hurtado Scholars Program is an educational and leadership opportunity offered by Rockhurst High School to prepare middle school boys for success at a college preparatory high school and beyond.

Named for St. Alberto Hurtado, SJ, the Hurtado Scholars Program is inspired by a Chilean Jesuit priest who founded homes and offered education to impoverished boys throughout his native country in the mid-20th century.  Canonized in 2005, Fr. Hurtado's life and work inspires the values and beliefs of a Catholic Jesuit education.

Bringing Light to Potential

The mission of Hurtado Scholars is to assist boys who have great potential, but for whom a Catholic, college preparatory education may be unattainable.  Hurtado Scholars will receive the training and experiences that enable them to be well prepared for a college preparatory high school.  Hurtado Scholars will:

  • Improve academic and study skills
  • Expand artistic and cultural awareness
  • Develop leadership skills
  • Participate in sports and activities
  • Prepare for high school admission
  • Grow in Christian faith

Hurtado "Week-to-Week"

During the school year, Hurtado Scholars attend supplemental classes and tutoring two nights a week for several weeks in both fall and spring semesters.

Hurtado Summer Program

The Hurtado Scholars Program begins in the summer before 6th grade year.  This intensive summer program Monday through Friday is designed to provide accepted students with an accelerated academic program, training for leadership, opportunity to enjoy sports and other new activities, and develop new friendships with fellow Hurtado Scholars.

Scholars by the Numbers

Generous gifts have made tremendous achievements possible for the Hurtado Scholars Program:

  • There are 36 Scholars enrolled from the 6th, 7th and 8th grades
  • There are 13 Scholars in 6th grade, 10 Scholars in 7th grade and 13 Scholars in 8th grade
  • There are 67 Hurtado Scholars total
  • Scholars have improved more than 2.5 grade levels in Math and Reading in just two years
  • High School Placement Test scores rose from 43.1 to 63.6 in the last three years
  • Scholars perform community service, enjoy field trips and grow spiritually, with academic studies
  • Students work with the "Thinking Through Art Program" at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Hurtado Scholars Graduate

Those who graduate from the Hurtado Scholars Program, choose to go to Rockhurst High School and get accepted by Rockhurst will attend RHS with minimal tuition cost.

Program Graduates at The Rock

In the 2019-20 school year, Rockhurst is home to 31 Hurtado Scholars Program graduates:

  • Eight members of the Class of 2020 (seniors)
  • Eight members of the Class of 2021 (juniors)
  • Seven members of the Class of 2022 (sophomores)
  • Eight members of the Class of 2023 (freshmen)
  • HSPT scores and Pre-ACT scores have risen with each new Hurtado class that enters Rockhurst
  • Graduates participate in co-curriculars including Patoral Ministry, Outdoors Club, football, soccer and track & field
  • Five graduates serve as mentors to current Hurtado Scholars

If you would like to make a donation to support the Hurtado Scholars, please click the following link:

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Impact of Donations

$25 pays for transportation for one Scholar to and from the after school program per week

$150 pays for the summer school family commitment for a Scholar

$250 pays for an annual web based Language Arts and Math enrichment program and additional academic materials for each Scholar

$500 pays for a summer school field trip

$2,500 pays for lunch for all the Scholars during the summer program

$11,800 pays for the annual tuition gap for currently enrolled Scholars at Rockhurst High School

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Contact Department

Marvin Grilliot
Hurtado Scholars Director
(816) 363-2036x584

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