Brother Bernardine Scholars

Students must pursue a rigorous course of study, participate in extracurricular activities, engage in self-directed learning, view learning as a year-round process, and attend enrichment seminars and cultural events. The Capstone Scholar Project, part of the Brother Bernardine Scholars Program, gives students the opportunity to explore an area of their choosing with a mentor teacher, culminating in a product of their choosing and a presentation to faculty, family, fellow scholars, and friends. Students in the Brother Bernardine Scholars Program enjoy these benefits:

  • Development of an individualized four-year plan of study in consultation with the Academic Dean.
  • Demanding academic requirements that prepare the scholar to succeed in the most challenging institutions of higher education.
  • Unique enrichment opportunities not generally available to other students.
  • Summer enrichment and standardized test-prep opportunities.
  • Support of a peer group committed to similar goals of personal excellence and intellectual growth.
  • A mentor teacher chosen by the scholar (in consultation with the program director) to provide guidance and counsel for the Capstone Scholar Project.
  • Designation as a Brother Bernardine Scholar at commencement and identification of the program and its requirements on all college applications.

How to Become a Brother Bernardine Scholar:

Any student who wishes to be considered for the Scholars Program should take the November 4th or December 2nd placement test. This test is the basis for honors-level course recommendations. Prospective Scholars candidates must be enrolled in three honors level courses at Bishop Kelley during the 9th grade. 

Prospective Scholar candidates will submit an Intent to Apply form, the Final Plan of Study and their completed online enrollment contract before March 1, 2018.

At the end of the first semester of freshman year, candidates who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply to the Scholars Program:

  • A 3.9 weighted GPA
  • Enrollment in three honors classes during freshman year at Bishop Kelley High School
  • Attendance at one Capsone presentation evening
  • Involvement in two extra-curricular activities

Prospective Scholar candidates will complete an application, write an essay, and provide three recommendations from Bishop Kelley teachers before the end of the 3rd quarter. 


Brother Bernardine Alumni

The Brother Bernardine Scholars Class of 2017 featured 24 scholars who:

  • Achieved an average ACT composite score of 31.79
  • Received a total of more than $4.5 million in academic awards/scholarships for their freshman year in college
  • Logged in excess of 2,500 Christian Service hours

Acceptances for Brother Bernardine Scholars include Baylor, Boston College, Columbia, Creighton, DePauw, Emory, George Washington, Georgetown, Holy Cross, Knox College, Marquette, Notre Dame, Penn, Rhodes, Rice, Seton Hall, Stanford, St. Louis University, Texas Christian University, Trinity, UCLA, University of Southern California, University of Dallas, University of Miami, University of North Carolina, University of Tulsa, Vanderbilt, Villanova, Washington University, Washington and Lee, West Point, Yale, and honor programs at many state universities.