Program Detail:

Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship


Institute for Educational Advancement


540 South Marengo Avenue
Pasadena, California 90034


Bonnie Raskin, Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship Manager





IEA’s Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship offers one of the only merit-based, need-blind high school scholarship to highly gifted students across the United States.

Scholars receive a four-year high school scholarship to an optimally matched high school program intended to meet their unique intellectual and personal needs, as well as receiving individualized support, educational advocacy, and a network of like-minded peers.

The Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship was founded on the conviction that our nation’s exceptionally gifted young people are best equipped to reach their full potential in a nurturing, rigorous, and flexible learning environment suited to their individual academic needs and personal goals. Scholars have an outstanding record of post-high school national scholarships, college admissions, prestigious awards, internships, and fellowships along with job and career placement in areas suited to their studies and passions. 

It began in 2002 when five students from the Greater Los Angeles and San Francisco areas were selected as the first Caroline D. Bradley Scholars. Each year the Scholarship has expanded regionally, and it is now offered nationally. The Scholarship was inspired and funded by a generous donor and is now funded by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. The CDB Scholarship creates a life-changing experience for its students, providing a four-year high school scholarship, support and counsel through high school and beyond, and a strong community of intellectual peers. 


Through a highly selective, in-depth portfolio application and interview process, CDB annually identifies exceptional middle school students from across the country who best meet the following criteria:

• Currently in 7th grade
• Demonstrates exceptional academic ability and achievement
• Has scored in the 97th percentile or above – or scored as “Advanced” – in one or more of the major academic areas of school-administered, nationally-normed standardized test (i.e., Stanford 9, ERB, STAR, etc.) for the past two years
• Scores 20 or higher in either the Math or Reading component of the ACT or scores 500 or higher in either the Critical Reading or Math component of SAT Reasoning Test
• Strives for excellence and continually seeks more rigorous academic challenges
• Demonstrates leadership abilities
• Exhibits creative thinking
• Is extremely curious and has a thirst for knowledge
• Exhibits a passion for learning
• Is highly motivated
• Embraces the merits of integrity and honesty
• Demonstrates a high level of maturity and a strong sense of self
• Seeks an accelerated, diversified high school program
• Is a U.S. citizen who resides in the United States of America

Eligible Students

Grade 7

School/Program Type


Subject Areas

All Academics




Financial Aid available? Yes


Application deadline: April 9th, 2019