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
  • 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 2019 featured 17 scholars who:

  • Achieved an average ACT composite score of 32.63
  • 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, Harvard, 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.