The Bolles Global Scholar Program is an interdisciplinary field drawing on politics, economics, sociology, history, medicine and science while focusing on working and communicating effectively across cultures. In addition to academic studies, this work requires engagement in experiences beyond the classroom: travel abroad, active participation, attendance at lectures and involvement in extracurricular activities.
STUDENTS MAY APPLY TO THE PROGRAM BEGINNING IN GRADES 8, 9 & 10. Applications must be submitted by April 20.
Students will complete four credits (in Upper School) of at least one world language offered in the World Language department.
Exception: Students may apply to verify proficiency in a second language through an approved language proficiency assessment. Students demonstrating proficiency are still required to enroll in an additional world language for two years as a requirement for a Bolles diploma.
The following courses will be required of all Bolles GLE Scholars:
Advanced Global Leadership — Honors (9, 10 and Grade 11 for ’23–’24)
Human Geography AP (10–12)
Comparative Government AP (11, 12)
Semester-long Global Online Academy course
Second Global Elective (11, 12) to be developed
The following activities will be required of all Bolles GLE Scholars while in upper school.
Participation in a minimum of one (1) Bolles International travel program, including an online global journal
Attendance at four off-campus presentations or lectures on global topics
Attendance at eight Bolles Global Student Dialogues
Participation in at least one extracurricular activity, followed by sharing learning outcomes with the wider school community. Examples of activities are Congrès, Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC), etc.
Two years of involvement in Student Global Connections Committe, with at least two years as a committee leader. One of these years, participate in a Global Entrepreneurship Challenge
Sustained engagement in additional globally focused Bolles clubs/committees. Minimum two semesters
Involvement in Bolles Residential Life Program. Minimum one (1) year
Fulfill a leadership role during Make A Difference! Day: UN SDG as a senior
Financial aid for required travel: Students receiving need-based financial aid from Bolles may be eligible for assistance to support the required travel expected as part of the Bolles Global Scholar program.
The following are required of all Bolles GLE Scholars while in upper school:
Intercultural Development Inventory
Global Competence Aptitude Assessment
Presentation at the Global Association Panel/TedXBolles. A small part will be presented in a second language chosen
Students must be in good standing in both academics and behavior
For transfer students: Proportional workload will be adjusted depending on the year of entry to Bolles.
The proportional workload will not apply to the four years World Language requirement.
Given annually to a student who has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to global learning on campus through their outstanding contributions to the GLE programs — including significant involvement in academic, service and co-curricular activities with a global learning focus — and who also has successfully completed the Global Scholar Program at The Bolles School (beginning in 2023-24). This award recognizes a Bolles student who displays respect among different people, fosters understanding and embraces and strengthens leadership in our global community. This award can be received only once.