Scholars Program

Bishop Ireton High School is proud to announce the inaugural year of our Distinguished Scholars Program, beginning with the Class of 2024. Individuals who meet program qualifications and choose to complete all requirements will be commended as a Bishop Ireton Distinguished Scholar on their transcript and receive special recognition during graduation ceremonies at the end of their senior year.
This rigorous program is designed to provide high-achieving students with the opportunity to pursue and showcase advance studies and research in an area of choice; to be mentored by an expert in the field on a specific topic as part of a capstone project; and to present project findings or solutions related to issues with far-reaching effects or global impact, or that improve the human condition.

The Bishop Ireton Distinguished Scholars Program is designed to prepare students for recognized achievement in higher education. The critical thinking skills, research skills and aptitude gained in a specific concentration will develop leadership and communication expertise that will provide the foundation for educational and professional success throughout a lifetime.

The program coordinator is Ms. Raiza Vega-Candelario. She is a member of the faculty in the science department and is an alumna of Bishop Ireton High School (’03). For more information, please contact her at

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  • Benefits

    • A program coordinator who will act as a mentor to the scholars on an individual basis
    • Ms. Raiza Vega-Candelario ( is the program coordinator
    • The support of a peer group committed to similar goals of personal and intellectual growth
    • Designation as a Bishop Ireton Scholar at graduation and identification of the program and its requirements on your transcript for the college application process
  • Program Requirements

    Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.75 through your freshman year in order to apply for the program. Once accepted into the program, the student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.75 throughout high school.
    Select an area of concentration:
    • Fine Arts
    • Humanities
    • STEM
    Select three electives in the area of concentration during your time in the program. At least one of those electives must be an AP-level course or a Dual Enrollment course.

    Select an area of concentration:
    • Identify an issue or problem to be researched and offer ways to mitigate, improve and/or resolve the issue through a capstone research paper. This must be completed by the end of sophomore year.
    • Complete an internship or devise a project pertaining to the area of concentration. This will be completed during junior year or during the summer between junior and senior year.
    Presentation of findings to a professional panel and student peers during senior year.