Distinguished Scholars Program

The Distinguished Scholars Program provides high-achieving students an enhanced learning environment where they can explore and build the skill set needed to become the next generation of leaders. Mirroring collegiate graduate programs, Scholars select a topic of choice to research mastering the building blocks of communication as they strive to learn more and explore different perspectives culminating in a written thesis and oral defense. 

THROUGH ENHANCED ACADEMIC RIGOR, SCHOLARS: 

DEMONSTRATE analytical thought 

DISSECT philosophical and ethical perspectives 

DEBATE current and cultural events within a biblical worldview 

DEVELOP professional writing skills, including APA format and research methods 

DESIGN methodologies and statistical trends 

Scholars are introduced to research methods which include theory, ethics, networking, proposal preparation, data collection, and presentation of findings. DSP is designed to create a social collaborative community creating a bridge to other disciplines which propels them into successful collegiate careers and beyond. The skills and relationships built through this program develop our Scholars into world leaders by instilling a lifelong love of learning. 

The Distinguished Scholars Program is an avenue for Scholars to gain radical amazement where they discover, develop and strengthen the gifts which God has given them. Faced with an increasingly competitive collegiate admissions process, the program equips Scholars to sit among the nation’s top applicants for the most selective universities. 

SCHOLARS EXCEL 

Scholars utilize Costa and Kallik’s “Habits of the Mind”- behaving intelligently when confronted with problems - empowering them to successfully advocate and lead in professional settings. The program’s collaborative teaching model and individual focus challenges students through cross-disciplinary assignments emphasizing a vital life skill, focusing on interpersonal, cross-cultural and personal communication. 

SCHOLARS STAND OUT 

Our Scholars advance on to attend some of the most prestigious universities in the country, including Duke, Pepperdine, Vanderbilt, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and United States Service Academies. 

ADVANTAGES INCLUDE:

> ONE-ON-ONE INSTRUCTOR TUTORING 

> PEER REVIEW AND FACULTY MENTORING 

> SENSE OF COMMUNITY AND BELONGING 

> PERSONALIZED THESIS TOPIC 

> INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL 

> GLOBAL LEARNING 

> SOCIAL AND LEADERSHIP EVENTS 

> TEAM BUILDING ACTIVITIES 


The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.       Proverbs 1:7, NIV

“The Distinguished Scholars Program has helped me to succeed in a demanding university environment.  The Program is a nurturing and challenging experience where I was able to create lasting friendships in a diverse, small group setting. I was able to gain confidence in public speaking allowing me to excel in many honors and extra-curricular activities.  Many times my peers have come to me for help with their papers, always asking how I know so much.  One of the greatest benefits of DSP was how it taught me to manage a heavy courseload along with extracurricular activities.  From dining etiquette to learning how to mingle, DSP has indeed helped me in all areas of life.  I highly recommend it for a highly motivated and talented incoming freshman. “

Erica Swain, Class of 2014
Update – As a freshman, Erica’s DSP experience enabled her to work with an upper level Math Research project and her work on Multiple Linear Regression Models to Predict Typhoons is under review for publishing.  


“I wanted to take this opportunity to let you know what a fabulous impact the DSP program has had on my children. I know many, many times my son complained about his work load in the DSP program, especially as "senioritis" set-in during his final year.  However, the skills he learned in research, writing, and presentations has been invaluable. When professors assigned “short” 10 page papers, his friends were stressed, but Jack calmly took it in stride.  After writing large, in-depth papers for DSP, anything less was very easy. He proudly proclaimed he would do it all over again because of the advantages it gave him.
 
I am so happy my daughter has also been able to participate in the program, as I truly believe the skills learned as a Scholar provide a great advantage when entering the challenging college environment.  Because of the focus on responsibility, perseverance, and above all creativity, my children have been able to succeed where others struggle.  The Distinguished Scholars Program creates an inquisitive nature and an ability to think outside the box – all great skills for a path to future success. 
 
Thank you for all your hard work with the scholars,

Deb Elm, Parent
Jack Detiveaux '13
Emily Detiveaux '15

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Houston, TX 77043

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