Hyde Center for Global Education

Hyde Scholars Program

The BC High Hyde Scholars Program provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate exemplary global and cultural competence, exceptional global communication skills, significant awareness of our global interconnectedness and a passion to become engaged citizens of the world.
Students will work both individually and in a cohort. This will include students from various Hyde Center travel programs to allow for diversity of opinions, perspectives and experiences. Students will meet with members of their cohort on a bi-monthly basis to discuss current world events and assigned readings and work with cohort peers on projects. Additionally, students will be required to accomplish independent work, as determined and discussed with their Hyde Center (HC) Advisor. 

Students in the Hyde Scholars program will:
  • experience other cultures through global immersion;
  • participate in projects and extracurricular activities with global themes;
  • hone their ability to communicate effectively in a second language;
  • deepen their understanding of their own cultural and spiritual identity;
  • work towards a broadened awareness of the interconnectedness of the world and the beauty of its diversity;
  • demonstrate solidarity with people and cultures outside of their own immediate context and identity;
  • critically analyze global concerns and injustices;
  • produce and present an independent portfolio of projects, assignments and reflections.

In order to be recognized as a Hyde Scholar, students must complete the following criteria:

List of 6 items.

  • Participate in an International Experience

    1. Students must participate in a Hyde Center international travel program between 9th and 12th grade. Non-Hyde Center travel programs will be reviewed and approved at the discretion of the Hyde Scholar Review Committee. Students must submit an International Travel Approval Form for trips not run through the Hyde Center.  
  • Demonstrate a sustained engagement with a second language by graduation

    1. Students must take four consecutive years of the same language (or maximum years of the allotted offering).

    2. Students must demonstrate a sustained engagement with their language of choice, which can be demonstrated in a variety of manners (including but not limited to oral assessment, presentation, documentary video or formalized conversation). 
  • Serve as a Global Ambassador

    Students are the most important and experienced advocates as Global Ambassadors to the greater BC High community. Therefore, students will produce student-led initiatives to educate both peers and visitors to Boston College High School of the history, culture and customs of the United States and more specifically, BC High.

    Each Hyde Scholar will return to the Hyde Center ten hours of service over the course of his Hyde Scholar Program. Students may reinvest their time in one of three ways, all of which will illustrate their development as global citizens:
    1. Students could initiate and conduct programming for the greater school community. Through student-designed discussion sessions or information session of their personal global experiences, Hyde Scholars can educate and enlighten their peers, faculty and staff and interested parents of their experiences abroad.

    2. Students can use their creativity and initiative to generate events and activities that will enhance the global experience for visiting students and teachers of BC High. Activities can include, but are not limited to, acting as guides to visiting groups, organizing community building initiatives, planning sporting events, organize discussions on shared Ignatian values, etc.  

    3. Students can represent the Hyde Center at various BC High programs and events throughout the year, educating incoming students and perspective parents of the transformative nature of participating in Hyde Center programs.
  • Engage in the Global Speaker Series

    The Hyde Center will present a new series of global speakers each semester. These speakers will share their experiences, customs and cultures from their own unique global perspective. Hyde Scholars will attend a minimum of three speakers to broaden their understanding and perspective of global issues. A list of these speakers will be provided at the beginning of each semester. 
  • Complete a curriculum-based Research Project

    Students will do one of the two following options. The project of choice must be completed by the end of the student’s junior year:

    Students must create and complete one project that fosters deeper understanding of the interactions between global cultures, countries, religions or civilizations.  The student may do this projects over a multi-year period. 
    1. The student will complete an independently-designed research project. This project should cross borders and compare and/or contrast cultures. It should be individual and specific to one experience and/or area of interest and must be connected to a class the student is taking. The topic will be discussed with and pre-approved by his HC Advisor. The student will present the project to a committee.  A bibliography/work cited component must be included.

    2. The cohort will mutually agree on a project topic of interest to all members. This topic will be of greater breadth and depth than the individual projects, as the efforts of all cohort members will be involved. Again, with prior approval on content and design, the cohort will explore and research the designated topic. This project will be multi-faceted and teams of students may be responsible for different aspects of it (such as culture, history, etc). This project will be presented to the wider BC High community at a designated Global Education Evening. A Bibliography/work cited component must be included. 
  • Reflect upon their global experiences

    The student will contemplate his experiences and produce a thoughtful and deliberate five-page essay about significant lessons he has learned and personal growth he has experienced during his time as a Hyde Scholar. This reflection should include experiences that have changed his perspective or enhanced his understanding of different cultures and countries. 


Hyde Scholars are expected to go above and beyond as global citizens, demonstrating active learning and progression in becoming global citizens. Hyde Scholars will graduate with a designation as a Hyde Scholar in the graduation program. Upon successful completion of the program, Hyde Scholars will receive an additional 0.5 credit.

Hyde Scholar Cohorts

Students wishing to be Hyde Scholars must declare their interest no later than the second semester of their sophomore year. A pre-approval /initial letter of interest should be completed by second semester of freshman year. Hyde Scholar Cohorts form during the student’s sophomore year, while requirements of the program must be completed by the end of second quarter of senior year.