About Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship

"The Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship changed my life. Not just my high school selection. It has given me the opportunity to find the PERFECT high school for ME. Thanks to the support and guidance I received from the Institute team, my parents and I accessed a lot of information about schools I would never have been able to reach without the financial and emotional backing that were always present. I love high school, and for the first time in my education, I am challenged and with other students who love to learn. Thank you CDB!!” – CDB Scholar
“My son’s and our family’s lives changed forever when he became a Caroline D. Bradley Scholar. Doors, opportunities and experiences opened up to him in ways none of us ever thought possible or could even dream about. He is able to attend a high school that meets all of his individual needs and goals.” – Parent of a CDB Scholar

Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship

Vision & Mission

The mission of IEA's Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship (CDB) is to identify exceptionally gifted middle school students who exhibit advanced intellectual talent and have the ability to demonstrate academic and personal excellence. These exceptional students are granted a scholarship to a high school where they can actualize their intellectual and personal potential.

The Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship was founded on the conviction that the nation's exceptionally gifted young people will flourish and reach their full potential in a nurturing, rigorous and flexible learning environment suited to their individual needs and goals.

The Scholarship was launched in 2002, when five students from the greater Los Angeles and San Francisco Bay areas were selected as the first Caroline D. Bradley Scholars. Each year the Scholarship has expanded regionally; it is now offered nationally. Scholars become part of a very special group of bright individuals who enjoy the fellowship of other recipients and the lifelong prestige of being a Caroline D. Bradley Scholar. The entire community and available alumni come together each year for a three-day seminar to discuss issues of global importance and personal relevance.

The Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship is both inspired and funded by a generous donor dedicated to supporting highly able children. The donor encourages all young people to strive for their personal best.


This prestigious award offers scholarship support, academic guidance and the opportunity to develop lifelong connections with a unique peer network.

Scholarship for High School

Caroline D. Bradley Scholars receive a four-year high school scholarship that covers day student tuition or an approved alternative educational program. The award does not cover boarding expense. Textbooks may be covered based on need.


Caroline D. Bradley Scholars receive guidance with identifying and applying to high schools that will provide the most appropriate educational environment for their needs. IEA provides academic guidance and support throughout each Scholar’s high school career, as needed.

Peer Network

Caroline D. Bradley Scholars will join a group of motivated young people identified for both their academic ability and personal character. The peer network offers Scholars the opportunity to communicate with each other through the annual Bradley Seminar and an online message board and website for CDB Scholars and parents, building lifelong relationships.

A Caroline D. Bradley Scholar is expected to maintain strong academic standing and demonstrate behavior that is reflective of his/her personal best. Each Scholar enters into an agreement with IEA delineating his/her commitment to a high level of academic and personal performance. In addition, each recipient is expected to provide ongoing feedback to IEA regarding his/her experiences, goals and aspirations.

Selection Guidelines

A Caroline D. Bradley Scholar is a young student who excels academically, displays a genuine quest for knowledge, thrives in the discovery process, is a leader among peers and embraces the ideals of integrity and honesty. The Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship is highly selective and will identify those students who best meet the following guidelines:

Academic Level and Achievement

  • Currently in grade 7
  • Demonstrates exceptional academic ability and achievement
  • Has scored in the 97th percentile or above in one or more of the major academic areas of a school-administered, nationally-normed standardized test (i.e., Stanford 9, ERB) for the past two years
  • Scores 500 or higher in either the critical reading or math component on the SAT Reasoning Test

Personal Characteristics

  • Strives for excellence and continually seeks higher 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 ideals of integrity and honesty
  • Demonstrates a high level of maturity and strong sense of self
  • Seeks a rigorous, diversified high school program


Applicant must be a U.S. Citizen who resides in the United States of America.

While the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship is merit-based, it targets those exceptionally gifted young people who need assistance in finding the optimal high school environment or may experience other challenges that prohibit attending an appropriate school.

Selection Process

All applicants submit a portfolio application. See Application for a detailed description of application elements. Applications will be reviewed by a Selection Committee and Finalists will be selected. Each Finalist will then participate in a personal interview. Finally, the IEA Scholarship Team will select up to 30 Caroline D. Bradley Scholars for the 2015 year.

Important Dates

Monday, April 6, 2015

Registration deadline for the final opportunity to take the SAT Reasoning Test

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Application Postmark Deadline
Includes all application materials (Recommendations and transcripts should be given to you by April 10, 2015)

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Final opportunity to take the SAT
If not taken on the prior test date, this is the last test date for Scholarship qualification.
Registration deadline: April 6, 2015

Week of June 14, 2015

Finalists Notified

Friday, June 19 to Monday, August 31, 2015

Finalist Interview Period



Application and Instructions

Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship
Institute for Educational Advancement
569 S. Marengo Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101

The following specific instructions must be followed:

  • Print or type in black or blue ink.
  • Submit all printed material on 8.5” x 11” paper.
  • Do not use sheet protectors, staples, paper clips or binding for any application elements other than your work sample, as items will be scanned.
  • Use additional pieces of paper as needed.
  • Submit one copy of all elements you generate. Collect all third-party elements (i.e., recommendations, nominations, test scores) and include them in your application packet.
  • You may submit written material, audio or video tapes, computer disks, CDs, DVDs or 3-dimensional work. 3-dimensional work may be photographed and copied.
  • Materials will not be returned to applicant.

Please be sure your application packet is complete and includes all elements before mailing.

If you have any questions about completing the application, please contact the Institute for Educational Advancement at 626-403-8900 or

Testing Overview

Standardized Testing

Each Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship applicant must submit scores for a school-administered, nationally-normed standardized test for the past two years (5th and 6th grade).

We understand there are a variety of tests administered nationwide. Some examples of such tests include but are not limited to:

  • California Achievement Test (CAT/5)
  • Educational Report Bureau (ERB)
  • Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS)
  • Stanford Achievement Test 10
  • Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills (CTBS)
  • Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE)
  • STAR
  • TerraNova

In order to qualify for the Scholarship, applicants must be in the 9th stanine or 97th percentile in at least one of the major academic areas for at least the past two years on their standardized test.

Acceptable academic areas include keywords such as:

Total Reading, Total Mathematics, Language, Total Battery, Total Score

Academic areas that we do not consider include keywords such as:

Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, Problem Solving, Procedures, Language Mechanics/Expression/Usage, Punctuation, Spelling, Expression, Computation

Standardized test score reports should be included in the application packet sent directly to IEA by the applicant.

SAT Reasoning Test

Every Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship applicant must take the SAT Reasoning Test to be considered for this award. It is common practice among Talent Searche organizations to require SAT testing. The College Board administers the SAT. It is the applicant’s responsibility to register for the test and arrange for the scores to be sent to IEA. If you took the SAT earlier this year, please contact The College Board to have a copy of your scores sent to IEA (score code 3862). If you have questions regarding the SAT, please contact The College Board directly.

The College Board
(866) 756-7346

2015 Test Dates*

Test Date

January 24, 2015
March 14, 2015
May 2, 2015

Regular Registration Deadline

December 29, 2014
February 13, 2015
April 6, 2015

Late Registration Deadline

(Late fee applies)

January 9, 2015
February 27, 2015
April 17, 2015

*Dates are subject to change


If applicant is 13 years or older, you may register online at

If applicant is under 13 years old, you must register by mail, due to Internet privacy laws. To register for the SAT, obtain an SAT Registration Booklet from your local high school, complete the enclosed registration form and submit with payment. The SAT Registration Booklet contains test dates, registration deadlines, fees, instructions, test center codes and other registration-related information.

Testing Fees*

SAT Test Fee: $52.50 (Up to four score reports are sent at no additional charge)
Late Registration Fee: Additional $28.00
Standby testing fee: $46.00, paid at test center on day of test
Change test, test date or test center fee: $28.00

*Fees are subject to change

Sending Scores

Scores must be sent directly from The College Board to the Institute for Educational Advancement. Please enter IEA’s Score Code 3862 on the registration form so that the scores will be sent directly to IEA.

Frequently Asked Questions for the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship

Q. I just heard about the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship, but I’m in the eighth grade. Can I still apply?

A. Only current seventh graders are eligible to apply for the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship. We select the Scholars early in September of their eighth grade year and work with the Scholars and their families to help them throughout the high school application process.

Q. Do I have to take the SAT Reasoning Test? I thought only high school students take the SAT Test.

A. Yes, you do need to take the SAT. Every applicant for the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship is required to take the SAT. If you are a seventh grader over 13 years of age, you may register online. If you are under 13 years old, you must register for the SAT by mail. Registration forms can be obtained from your local high school or library. Contact the College Board SAT Program by phone at (609) 771-7600 or on their website at under the “Younger than 13” section.

Q. What is the SAT Reasoning Test?

A. The test that used to be called the SAT-I is now called the SAT Reasoning Test. The SAT Reasoning Test contains sections on Math, Critical Reading and Writing proficiency.

Q. Do I have to take all three parts of the SAT Reasoning Test?

A. The Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship only considers the Math and Critical Reading scores, as the Caroline D. Bradley application affords the applicant several opportunities to showcase his or her writing abilities. You may take all three parts if you choose, but only the Math and Critical Reading sections will be evaluated as part of your Caroline D. Bradley application.

Q. What SAT scores do I need to achieve in order to be eligible for the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship?

A. Your scores will be compared to the scores of other Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship applicants, not high school students. Applicants should receive a score of 500 or higher in either the verbal or math component of the SAT Resoning Test.

Q. How will the Institute for Educational Advancement receive my SAT scores?

A. IMPORTANT! Be sure to put our score code on your SAT test (3862). The College Board will then send us the results of your test. If you have already registered for or taken the SAT through a talent identification program, please send a copy of your scores with your Caroline D. Bradley application.

Q. If I am awarded a Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship, must I attend one of the high schools listed on your website?

A. No. The list of schools in our registration materials is made up of schools our Scholars have attended. Our Scholarship Administrator will assist the family in choosing a school that best meets the individual student’s needs and goals.

Q. Why are there no schools from my state on your list?

A. Each year since the inception of the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship in 2002 we have added new states to our mailing list, gradually increasing the scope of our search for Scholars. The Scholarship is now offered in all 50 states. Your state may be a recent addition.

Q. I already attend a private or parochial school that goes through high school. May I choose to remain there if I am selected as a Caroline D. Bradley Scholar?

A. It is certainly possible to remain at your current school for high school. We do ask all of the Caroline D. Bradley Scholars to research and consider other high schools to broaden their horizons and apply to other high schools in addition to the school they currently attend. At the end of the application process, the Scholar, Scholar family and Scholarship Administrator will agree on the best high school fit.

Q. May I submit more than two letters of recommendation?

A. No. Two recommendations are required, and we ask that all applicants please limit your recommendations to the two we ask for. One should be an academic recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor or advisor who knows you and the other a non-academic recommendation from a coach or professional who has coached, worked with or taught you outside of school (i.e., instrumental music, performing arts, sports, martial arts, debate, or other personal interest or extracurricular activity). Reminder: Each 3-part recommendation consists of a completed form, a checklist and a letter.

Q. My middle school does not offer standardized testing. Can I still apply for the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship?

A. Yes. You will be required to take the SAT, whether or not you have taken any other standardized tests.

Q. Do I have to be a United States citizen to apply for the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship?

A. Yes, you must be a United States citizen residing in the United States to apply for the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship.

Q. Can elements of the application be mailed separately?

A. No. We ask that all elements (with the exception of SAT scores) be compiled into one packet and sent to IEA by the applicant.

Q. May my teacher send the recommendation directly to IEA, and may the school office send my transcript directly to IEA?

A. No. We ask that the recommenders and the school records office deliver the required materials in sealed envelopes to the applicants by April 10, 2015 to be included in the application packet. Packets must be mailed no later than April 21, 2015.

Information for Middle School Educators


Educators may download the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship informational letter and provide it to 7th grade students in honors and/or gifted and talented classes. Specific criteria are outlined in the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship Overview. Click here to download the letter.

Please feel free to make copies of the letter and overview and distribute to all qualifying students.


Applications and instructions are available online here. If the applicants do not have access to the internet, please contact the Scholarship Coordinator at the Institute for Educational Advancement and an application will be faxed or mailed to you.

As this is a rigorous application, students should be informed of this opportunity no later than January 2, 2015 in order to provide them with ample time to complete the application. Completed applications are to be postmarked no later than April 21, 2015.

If you have any questions, please contact Scholarship Coordinator Bonnie Raskin at (626) 403-8900 or email

High Schools Caroline D. Bradley Scholars Have Attended

Academy of Notre Dame de Namur, Villanova, Pennsylvania
Archbishop Spalding High School, Severn, Maryland
Archmere Academy, Claymont, Delaware
Asheville School, Asheville, North Carolina
Baldwin School, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Bentley School, Lafayette, California
Blair Academy, Blairstown, New Jersey
Branson School, Ross, California
Bryn Mawr School, Baltimore, Maryland
Bush School, Seattle, Washington
Castilleja School, Palo Alto, California
Cate School, Carpinteria, California
Cathedral High School, Indianapolis, Indiana
Catlin Gabel School, Portland, Oregon
Choate-Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, Connecticut
College Preparatory School, Oakland, California
Crystal Springs Uplands School, Hillsborough, California
Episcopal Academy, Devon, Pennsylvania
Flintridge Preparatory, La Canada Flintridge, California
Francis Parker School, San Diego, California
Garrison Forest School, Owings Mills, Maryland
Harvard-Westlake School, North Hollywood, California
Haverford School, Haverford, Pennsylvania
International High School, San Francisco, California
Kent Denver School, Englewood, Colorado
La Jolla Country Day School, La Jolla, California
Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco, California
Marlborough School, Los Angeles, California
McDonogh School, Baltimore, Maryland
Menlo School, Atherton, California
Newman Catholic High School, Wausau, Wisconsin
Northside High School, Chicago, Illinois
Oakwood School, North Hollywood, California
Pacific Ridge School, Carlsbad, California
The Peddie School, Hightstown, New Jersey
Phillips Academy Andover, Andover, Massachusetts
Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire
Pomfret School, Pomfret, Connecticut
Ransom Everglades School, Miami, Florida
Riverdale Country Day School, Riverdale, New York
Ross School, East Hampton, New York
The Roxbury Latin School, Roxbury, Massachusetts
Sacred Heart Preparatory School, Atherton, California
San Francisco University High, San Francisco, California
Shanley High School, Casselton, North Dakota
Solomon Schechter Day School, West Orange, New Jersey
St. Dominic’s Regional High School, Auburn, Maine
St. Francis High School, La Canada Flintridge, California
St. Ignatius College Preparatory, San Francisco, California
St. Paul’s School for Girls, Brooklandville, Maryland
St. Theodore Guerin High School, Fishers, Indiana
The Thacher School, Ojai, California
University School of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The Urban School of San Francisco, California
Waynflete School, Portland, Maine
Wilmington Friends School, Wilmington, Delaware

Past CDB Selection Committee Members' Schools & Universities

Archbishop Spalding High School, Severn, Maryland
Baldwin School, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Branson School, Ross, California
Brentwood School, Los Angeles, California
Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
Bryn Mawr School, Baltimore, Maryland
California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California
Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota
The Challenge Foundation, Englewood, Colorado
Claremont McKenna College, Claremont, California
Collegiate School, Richmond, Virginia
Daniel Murphy Foundation, Chicago, Illinois
Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire
Denison University, Granville, Ohio
DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana
Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
Episcopal High School, Alexandria, Virginia
Flintridge Preparatory School, La Canada Flintridge, Calif.
Franklin and Marshall College, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Fredericksburg Academy, Fredericksburg, Virginia
George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Harvard-Westlake School, North Hollywood, California
Head-Royce School, Oakland, California
Holy Innocents' Episcopal School, Atlanta, Georgia
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
Kent Denver School, Eagleton, Colorado
Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio
La Jolla Country Day School, La Jolla, California
Lancaster Country Day School, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Marlborough School, Los Angeles, California
Our Lady of Fatima School, Baltimore, Maryland
Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire
Polytechnic School, Pasadena, California
Reed College, Portland, Oregon
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York
Rice University, Houston, Texas
Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
Stevenson School, Pebble Beach, California
St. Paul’s School for Girls, Brooklandsville, Maryland
St. Timothy’s School, Stevenson, Maryland
San Francisco Univ. High School, San Francisco, Calif.
Severn School, Severna Park, Maryland
Tatnall School, Wilmington, Delaware
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
University School of Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York
Viewpoint School, Calabasas, California
Westridge School, Los Angeles, California
Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut

2007-2012 Caroline D. Bradley Scholars’ Colleges & Universities

Bowdoin College (1)
Brown University (4)
California Institute of Technology (1)
Carleton College (1)
Carnegie Mellon School of Engineering (1)
Chapman University, Presidential Scholarship (1)
Clemson University Honors Program (1)
College of the Holy Cross (1)
Columbia University (3)
Dartmouth College (1)
Duke University (1)
Emory University Scholars Program (1)
Fordham University Honors Program (1)
Georgetown University (2)
George Washington University (4)
Harvard University (7)
Maryland Institute College of Art (1)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology(1)
New York University (1)
Pomona College (3)
Princeton University (3)
Rice University (2)
San Diego State University (1)
Southern California Institute of Architecture (1)
Stanford University (4)
United States Coast Guard Academy (1)
University of California Berkeley (2)
University of California Davis (1)
University of California Los Angeles (1)
University of California Santa Barbara (1)
University of Chicago (2)
University of Maryland, Honors Program (1)
University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (3)
University of Pennsylvania (1)
University of Pittsburgh (1)
University of San Francisco (1)
University of Southern California (4)
University of Washington (1)
Vassar College (1)
Virginia Tech (1)
Wellesley College (1)
Williams College (2)
Yale University (3)


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