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:

  • Demanding academic requirements that prepare the scholar to succeed in the most challenging institutions of higher education.
  • Unique enrichment opportunities are not generally available to other students.
  • Support of a peer group committed to similar goals of personal excellence and intellectual growth.
  • A mentor teacher is 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

Brother Bernardine Scholars Program seeks students who are looking to take their education at Bishop Kelley to the next level. These students are encouraged to apply to the Brother Bernardine Scholars Program during their freshman year prior to the end of the first semester. Students who will be eligible to apply:

  • Maintain a 3.75 weighted G.P.A.
  • Take three honors classes (Two freshman year)
  • Attend one capstone presentation night 
  • Be involved in two extracurricular activities at BK

Prospective Scholars will then complete an application, write an essay and get recommendations from Bishop Kelley teachers.

In the second semester, the applications will be reviewed by the Brother Bernardine Scholars staff. By the end of the third quarter, the Brother Bernardine Scholars staff will make decisions on the incoming class and communicate those decisions to the prospective Scholars. 

During the fourth quarter, the new Scholars will meet with the Brother Bernardine Scholars staff for an orientation and will meet with the Bishop Kelley counseling department.

Brother Bernardine Alumni

The Brother Bernardine Scholars Class of 2022 featured scholars who:

  • Average ACT Composite: 32
  • Average GPA: 4.46
  • Christian Service in excess of 2,500 hours
  • Scholarships Awarded: Over $5 million
  • College Acceptances: 2022 Scholars were accepted to over 35 premier colleges and universities.
  • College Acceptances: Harvard, Duke, Georgetown, Columbia, Yale, Rice, MIT, Stanford, Notre Dame, Sarah Lawrence, Wellesley, UC Berkeley, Boston College, Vanderbilt, Washington University, Holy Cross, Creighton, DePauw, Penn, Emory, West Point, Pepperdine, George Washington, Villanova, Fordham, Alabama, St. Louis, USC University, Rhodes, Washington and Lee, Knox College, University of Tulsa and honors programs at many state universities.

For questions regarding the Brother Bernardine Scholars Program, please contact Christine Tyler at or 918.627.3390 x169.