Announcing the 2017 Caroline D. Bradley Scholars!

September 12, 2017

The Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) is excited to announce that 28 middle-schoolers from across the country have been named 2017 Caroline D. Bradley Scholars. The Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship is a four-year high school scholarship for gifted learners to attend an optimally matched high school program to help them meet their unique intellectual and personal needs.

The program, which began in 2002 and is generously funded by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, is one of the few merit-based, need-blind scholarships of its kind in the U.S. Students apply for the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship in the seventh grade and are required to complete an in-depth application process, which includes essays, middle school transcripts, two recommendations and a work sample. Eligible applicants must also achieve scores at or above the 97th percentile on nationally normed standardized tests and score competitively with high school seniors on the SAT Reasoning or ACT tests.

“Gifted students are far more likely to actualize their intellectual and personal potential when their learning environments match their capabilities and address their individual challenges,” said Elizabeth Jones, President of IEA. “Thanks to the generosity of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, 28 gifted students of the Caroline D. Bradley (CDB) Scholar class of 2017 are assured a challenging and engaging learning environment to fuel their passion and support their advanced learning capacity.”

Of the 386 applicants this year, CDB’s largest-ever applicant pool, 55 Finalists were selected by three Scholarship Selection Committees comprised of a diverse group of school admissions directors, CDB alumni, university personnel and community and business leaders nationwide. Following extensive personal interviews, 28 of the Finalists were selected as recipients of the 2017 scholarship.

2017 Caroline D. Bradley Scholars:

  • Audrey Acken, Mountain View, CA
  • Alondra Cardenas, Montebello, CA
  • Neil Chowdhury, Bellevue, WA
  • Andrew Chu, Palo Alto, CA
  • Graham Curtsinger, Verdigris, OK
  • Jacob David, Fort Worth, TX
  • Pascal Descollonges, Menlo Park, CA
  • Max Ehrlich, Eagan, MN
  • Rachel Faust, Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • Jake Payne Grodner, Los Angeles, CA
  • Leila Hardy, Lake Oswego, OR
  • Diamond Head, Wauconda, IL
  • Emma Hermacinski, Zionsville, IN
  • Lina Huang, San Dimas, CA
  • Steven Hwang, Corte Madera, CA
  • Storrie Kulynych-Irvin, Annapolis, MD
  • Alexander Miller, Vacaville, CA
  • Maxine Park, Hanover, NH
  • Alexander Popescu, Spokane, WA
  • Samuel Qin, Greer, SC
  • Gayatri Rajan, Mason, OH
  • Minki Shin, Studio City, CA
  • Josephine Stockton, Aurora, CO
  • Lily Wang, Foster City, CA
  • Diego West-Hedlund, San Francisco, CA
  • Thisbe Wu, New York, NY
  • Olivia Yang, Charlotte, NC
  • William Zhu, Lincolnshire, IL

Congratulations to the 2017 Scholars! We welcome you to the IEA community.

Applications for the 2018 scholarship will be available in November 2017. To be notified when the application is available, sign up for IEA’s newsletter.