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Loyola Scholars is a year-round, three-year academic and leadership achievement program serving middle school sixth-to-eighth-grade males in the Omaha metro area who are academically talented, have leadership potential and whose households have significant financial need.

By nurturing gifts of the mind and spirit, Loyola Scholars strives to form young men of faith, scholarship, leadership and service, ready for a college preparatory education. 

Preparing gifted middle school males for academic and social success in college preparatory education. – Loyola Scholars mission 

Loyola Scholars will:
  • Advance academically based on the standards of Creighton Prep curriculum.
  • Be prepared for high-performance on the standardized HSPT® Archdiocese of Omaha Catholic high school entrance exam.
  • Deepen faith through Christian values.
  • Grow through team-building activities.
  • Be mentored by professional adults and exemplary Creighton Prep students.

Loyola Summer Institute

Four-week program of academic day sessions at Creighton Prep begins the summer before sixth grade and concludes the summer before eighth grade. 

Loyola Saturday Institute

Ten Saturday fall sessions and 10 Saturday spring sessions at Creighton Prep begin at sixth grade and conclude in eighth grade. 

Scholar Criteria
  • Currently enrolled fifth-grade male.
  • Demonstrates good academic ability in class and on standardized tests.
  • Possesses motivation, a desire for academic achievement and shows leadership potential.
  • Household demonstrates significant financial need (guidelines similar to free or reduced lunch eligibility).
  • Family support of education and faith-centered child development.

Loyola Scholars Support Team

Qualified educators and staff focused on the high academic and social standards of Creighton Prep. The team includes Creighton Prep teachers and alumni, teachers with experience educating gifted students, and high-achieving Creighton Prep students – who educate, inspire, support and care for all Loyola Scholars and their families. 

Heider Family Loyola Scholarship

After successful completion of each year, scholars earn a pledge of $3,000 toward Creighton Prep tuition, accumulating to $9,000 upon eighth-grade graduation. This, coupled with work/study, covers the full ninth grade tuition of scholars who are accepted and enroll at Creighton Prep. With successful completion of ninth grade, scholars continue to receive a full-tuition scholarship as “Heider Scholars,” being evaluated each year and held to high standards.  

  • Nomination season opens in January each year at the beginning of the second academic semester.
  • Nomination by elementary school principal, teacher, counselor, pastor or director of religious education, or the adult leader of another educational community-based organization.
  • Submit application, official school transcripts, standardized test scores and household income verification.
  • Student and family interview. 

Loyola Family Commitment

Scholars and families commit to full three-year Loyola Institute participation and special programming. Annual tuition of $100 can be paid in installments.

*Admission to Loyola Scholars does not guarantee admission to Creighton Prep.


Mrs. Jeni Martinez, Director
Creighton Preparatory School 
7400 Western Ave.  Omaha, NE 68114


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