Honoring the Legacy of Academic Dean Sara Hayes
Over a 30-year educational career, Ms. Hayes taught at many Catholic schools. Most recently she was the Academic Dean and Assistant Principal at Father Ryan, becoming Academic Dean in 2005 and adding the Assistant Principal responsibilities in 2012. As a result of extended illness, she stepped down from both positions in 2017. 
Ms. Hayes began her education career in elementary school classrooms and subsequently taught every age of student, from kindergarteners through sophomores in college. For more than 18 years she called Father Ryan her beloved home. She began teaching at the school in 1998, educating students in Theology, Latin, American Literature, and Spanish. As Father Ryan’s Academic Dean, she led the school through the introduction of block scheduling and acquiring Dual Accreditation (the first school to accomplish this), oversaw the expansion of Advanced Placement (AP) courses from 15 to 25, and enhanced the accreditation of Father Ryan through the introduction of a Cum Laude Honor Society chapter.  During this time the school saw more than 80 students honored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. 
Ms. Hayes held a bachelor's degree from Notre Dame College of Ohio and a master's from Middle Tennessee State University. In addition to this, she earned more than 30 hours of master's level course work in curriculum design, instruction, and administration and supervision.
Ms. Hayes’ lifelong commitment to Catholic education made a difference in the lives of countless students and faculty.  The programs she introduced have grown roots and are integral pieces of academics at Father Ryan High School. Her legacy lives on through the academic contributions she made, as well as her desire to know and love faculty, staff, and students.

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  • Selection Criteria

    The Hayes Scholars Program is offered to prospective students in the Class of 2026 and beyond. Students who score in the top 20% composite local percentile on the High School Placement Test administered by Father Ryan High School will be invited to apply to the program.  Students not invited to apply, but who wish to be considered, may request an application from the Director of Admissions at admissions@fatherryan.org.

    Additional criteria reviewed by the selection committee includes:
    • Complete file review
    • Personal interview as part of the admissions process
    • Written personal statement.

    Hayes Scholars notifications will be included with admissions decisions.

    Hayes Scholars recipients are selected by a committee of Father Ryan Faculty and Staff. All decisions made by the committee are final.
  • Presidential Merit Scholarship

    Hayes Scholars who attain the two highest local composite scores on the High School Placement Test will receive a Presidential Merit Scholarship.  Recipients will be awarded $1,500 each year of enrollment to be used in an approved manner.
  • Important Dates & Information

    Please note the following important dates for the Hayes Scholars Program:

    • November 5 - High School Placement Test Administered
    • December 3 - High School Placement Test Administered
    • December 15 - Invitations to Apply to Hayes Scholars Program are Mailed to Top 20% of HSPT Testers
    • December 16 - Hayes Scholars Program Application Opens (Application available upon request to any prospective student.)
    • January 13 - Hayes Scholars Program Application Closes
    • January - February 2023 - Interviews Occur as Part of the Regular Admission Process
    • March 3 - Hayes Scholars Program Acceptances are Mailed, and Presidential Merit Scholarship Recipients are Notified
  • Program Benefits

    Accepted Hayes Scholars will receive the following benefits during their time as a Father Ryan student:

    • Dedicated Advisor – Dedicated advisors will help Hayes Scholars navigate the academic journey at Father Ryan.
    • College Planning and Guidance – Hayes Scholars will be guided by our College Counseling staff in preparing for highly selective college admissions and merit-based scholarships.
    • Academic Counseling – Hayes Scholars will be guided in creating a four-year course plan and receive individualized course selection advising.
    • Lecture Series – Hayes Scholars will be invited to hear from our community members on specific topics related to individual areas of expertise. 
    • Quarterly Newsletter – Hayes Scholars will receive information quarterly with pertinent school and community content. 
  • Maintaining Hayes Scholar Status

    In order to maintain Hayes Scholar status throughout a student's time at Father Ryan, scholars must:

    • Maintain a 93 cumulative weighted GPA each semester
    • Enroll in three CORE courses at the honors, high honors, or AP level annually
    • Earn at least 15 credits in CORE courses at the honors, high honors, or AP level in total by graduation
    • Be involved in at least three school-sponsored activities annually (exclusive of House membership, which is required of all students)
    • Participate annually in an academic survey with a focus on the student's academic experience and community impact
    • Complete service hour requirements on time
    • Have no integrity code violations

Jim McIntyre, Former President

"Sara Hayes loved our students, our faculty, Catholic education, and Father Ryan. Hayes Scholars will continue her legacy to seek truth through the formation of the total person in their faith, knowledge, and service."

Father Ryan High School offers dynamic and rigorous experiences to challenge and develop top performing students in all areas of academic excellence. The Hayes Scholars Program seeks to honor the legacy of Father Ryan's late Academic Dean, Sara Hayes, by promoting personal integrity, intellectual curiosity, an unyielding pursuit of excellence, and a kind and generous spirit. This program was first available to the Class of 2026, Father Ryan's 100th graduating class.

If you have questions about the program, please contact Director of Academic Counseling Sarah Kieffner at kieffners@fatherryan.org.