Merit Scholarships

Several named scholarships are awarded each year. Criteria for these awards vary. The following
four awards are based solely on scholarship, merit, and leadership criteria, not on financial need.

The Carey-Charba Scholarship

(Academic, Spirit and Enthusiasm for a rising Kindergartener)

The Carey-Charba Scholarship was established in 2016 in loving memory of Sue McNeil Carey, Ralph Carey, Michelle Carey Charba, Randy Charba and their son, William Alexander Charba, who died in the Memorial Day weekend flood in Wimberley, Texas in 2015. The scholarship honors the families’ memory and their contributions of  service, support and impact on St. James and the Corpus Christi community, especially Will Charba, who was a Kindergarten scholar at the time of his death. The scholarship will be awarded to a currently enrolled rising Kindergarten, who has indicated a need for financial scholarship and whose presence encourages, uplifts, and inspires their classmates, best exemplifyng the St. James school mission.  The selected scholar will receive an annual award for Kindergarten tuition, which can be renewed for First Grade, if the recipient continues to meet the award criteria.

David Dennett Welch Scholarship

(Competitive for a rising 7th grader)

The David Dennett Welch Competitive Scholarship was established in 1988 in memory of David
Dennett Welch, son of Bob and Ruth Welch. A lifelong member of The Episcopal Church of the
Good Shepherd and a track star and honor graduate of King High School, David graduated from
Southern Methodist University with an undergraduate degree in Economics and a master’s
degree in Finance. At the time of his death, he was a Fiscal Program Specialist for the
Department of the Interior.

John E. Nisbet, Jr. Scholarship

(Academic, Service, and Enthusiasm for a rising 7th grader)

The John E. Nisbet, Jr. Academic Scholarship was created with an endowment made by an
anonymous donor. This scholarship is named in memory of Captain John E. Nisbet, Jr., the son
of (Pinky) and Elizabeth Nisbet. A 1972 alumnus of St. James, John was a graduate of Texas
A&M University, where he served in the Corps of Cadets as Company Commander, Ross
Volunteer, and Yell Leader. As a Marine Corps Captain, John E. Nisbet, Jr. was serving as a
pilot when he was killed.

The H. Palmer Bell Scholarship

(Academic and Spiritual for a rising 7th grader)

The H. Palmer Bell Scholarship was established in 2008 in honor of the St. James Headmaster
who served from 1996-2008. The intent of this award is to honor a student who best exemplifies
the St. James School mission. The award is giving to a student who demonstrates a balanced life
academically, physically and spiritually.

The Jane Addams Guild Scholarship

(Academic, Creativity, and Character for a rising 5th grader)

The Jane Addams Guild Scholarship was created in 1998 through a gift from the Jane Addams
Guild and is named in its honor. A popular Guild at The Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
for fifty years, the Jane Addams Guild coordinated the creative efforts of many talented
women. The handwork created by the group was sold and the income was used to support
seminarians studying throughout the United States. Through the Jane Addams Guild Scholarship, the Guild seeks to foster academic excellence, student creativity, and Christian spiritual values in
today’s youth.