CB Scholars open up about their experience with the challenges and benefits of the Scholars Program. The word “scholar” is used to describe some of the most brilliant minds in history. For a select group of Christian Brothers students, the word suggests four years of hard work and great memories. The Christian Brothers Scholars Program […]
CB Scholars open up about their experience with the challenges and benefits of the Scholars Program.
The word “scholar” is used to describe some of the most brilliant minds in history. For a select group of Christian Brothers students, the word suggests four years of hard work and great memories.
The Christian Brothers Scholars Program is comprised of a group of students from each grade who display an exceptional amount of academic skill and motivation. In order to remain in the program, each student is required to maintain a GPA of at least 3.5 while enrolled in a specific number of advanced level classes.
As a reward for the scholars’ hard work, each group has the opportunity to attend an educational field trip during the school year. Such trips allow the students of each class to bond together on an experience of cultural enrichment.
Having gone on each of the scholars’ trips, Mary Fredericksen (’14) describes them as “not only fun, but educational as well”.
“They let you bond with people that you wouldn’t otherwise,” says the senior, who recently returned from the senior class scholars’ trip to Southern California.
Also a member of the Scholars Program, Elena Groen (’14) recognizes the worth of being in such a challenging program. For her, it has been worth it because of the “motivation and reward”.
“It validates your efforts and looks good for colleges,” she says.
Ms. Jennifer Makol, Director of the Scholars Program, realizes the great benefits of the program for the students. She views the trips as an enjoyable and interactive way for the students to learn about culture in California.
The program allows students to enhance their cultural view as they experience historic sites such as Hearst Castle and the Huntington Museum and Library.
According to Ms. Makol, apart from offering fun-filled trips, the program acts as an “impetus to keep their grades up”.
“It propels some kids to stay on the straight and arrow and keep their GPA’s up,” says the fearless leader of the scholarly bunch.
She admits that her favorite parts of directing the program have been “watching [the students] mature from ninth through twelfth grade” and seeing them rewarded for their years of “solid, admirable, heavy-duty work”.
At graduation, the scholars are also rewarded with a gold cord and tassel to represent their efforts throughout their years in high school.
CB scholars have a reputation of dedication to their studies and academic success. Their experience in the program proves that it is in fact possible for a group of talented young students to work hard and have fun.