BDU News and Events
Congratulations Kylee Nelson - Gates Millennium Scholar!
Please congratulate Kylee Nelson who was just awarded the most amazing scholarship!!!
Kylee was named as a Gates Millennium Scholar which provides a scholarship covering the full financial costs for any academic institution in the United States through all of her degrees!
This is one of the highest honors a graduating senior can receive and only 1000 seniors in the United States are selected for this award.
Kylee is reviewing her college options now as a result of her scholarship. She definitely plans to major in International Relations and will earn an AS in Liberal Arts and has also earned the honor of being named BDU's Class of 2015 Valedictorian.
So well deserved! Congratulations Kylee!
Kylee Nelson Recognized as an Academic All-Star!
Kylee Nelson was recognized in an Academic All-Star Luncheon for being a Top Regional All-Star due to her academic success and community involvement.
She recognized EJ Jzar as a key contributor to her success and invited her to attend the recognition luncheon at the Indiana Rooftop Ballroom.
Kylee is pictured with Ms. Daugherty.
Students Compete in Battle of the Books!
These students were assigned to individually read eight books from the Elliot Rosewater book list. When they arrive at the competition they then take a test to determine which teams make it to the final round.
A big thank you to Crista Carlino and Andrew East who took our Battle of the Books team over to Ben Davis High School for the competition after many months of preparation!
Nabil Bensalah Selected as 2015 Young Male Referee of the Year!
Nabil Bensalah a junior liberal arts major at BDU was recently recognized for his selection as the 2015 Young Male Referee of the Year!
Nabil is very active in community soccer and received this award due to paid and volunteer commitments this past year refereeing youth soccer all over Indianapolis.
This award was something that Nabil will cherish as he aspires to pursue a career in International Refereeing for professional sporting events after receiving his undergraduate degree in Sports Fitness and International Studies from Purdue University. Nabil is also a very active student in the BDU Student Ambassadors leadership group and recently participated in the NCEBC Youth Speak Out Summit which is televised by WFYI and also speaks frequently at school visitations and Early College conferences as a representative of BDU.
Ben Davis University High School is a small, focused high school program where students can earn a Core 40 high school diploma while also earning college credits toward an Associate Degree from Vincennes University through dual credit opportunities. The program will include internships with business partners, project based learning, and inquiry learning. The program design is sometimes referred to as an early college high school.
What Makes BDU So Special? Amos Brown, radio talk show host visited BDU and interviewed administration, parents, staff, current and alumni students on what makes BDU so special. View photos taken from his interviews.
Whats New at Ben Davis University?
The Ben Davis University High School yearbook staff reviews old copies of the yearbook as they plan for this year's publication.
March You Make
A Difference Winner
Mr. Rod Chandler
Significant Components of BDU
- Small, personalized school environment promoting the inclusion and belonging of all students
- Advisory program designed to promote strong student-teacher relationships as well as provide academic, social, and behavioral support for students as they are enrolled in rigorous courses
- Dual credit courses for all students in one of four majors
- Frequent, detailed communication with students and their parents
- Teachers/instructors who meet Vincennes University’s faculty criteria
- Free college tuition for students, provided by the school district at a reduced rate as negotiated with Vincennes University
- Daily schedule which includes additional study and resource time for all students
- Daily schedule which includes collaboration time for staff
- Utilization of technology, 21st century skills, and project based learning
- Student internships in grades 11 and 12
- Peer tutoring and study tables available after school Monday through Thursday
- Student application process which requires attainment of 11 or more credits in grade 9, minimum grade point average of 2.2, and demonstrated motivation and commitment; many students are also first generation college
Degree Program Options
- Associates of General Studies Degree - Liberal Arts
- Associates of General Studies Degree - Business Management
- Associates of General Studies Degree - Information Technology
- Associates of General Studies Degree - Health Careers