Calling All 7th Graders! The Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship Application Will Open Soon!

October 27, 2020

By Mallory Aldrich

We know so many seventh-graders are eager to apply for the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship, which offers a full scholarship to an optimally-matched high school or learning program for highly gifted students. The application process will begin soon but to get your creative juices flowing, we wanted to share info and tips about the reflective prompt section of the application.

The reflective prompt section of the application is where the applicant has a chance to show the scholarship committee who you are and what your passions are. Part A is mandatory and needs to be done in essay form. Part B consists of responding to two of the five prompt options. ONE of these responses can be a more creative approach and include a collage, artwork, audio, or video recording. The best way to attach this to your application is to include a hyperlink in a Word doc or PDF that links to either a Dropbox, Google Drive, or a similar platform. Be sure to include a brief explanation of what you are uploading. Essays should be 500 words or less. If you are answering the essay in a more creative approach, please make sure to let us know what essay question you are answering.

One thing to note: if in your essays you talk about an activity that you love to do, it would be in your best interest to show us that activity in the additional information section.

The prompts are below.

A. Mandatory

1. Describe the world you come from and tell us how your world has shaped your dreams and aspirations.


B. Respond to two of the five following prompts:

1. We know you lead a busy life, full of activities, and responsibilities, some of which are required of you. Tell us about something you do for its own sake – simply because you like to do it.

2. Talk about an academic or intellectual subject you are passionate about and why. What about this topic excites you? How have you pursued this particular interest in or outside of school?

3. Tell us about an obstacle you have overcome or a challenge you have taken.

4. Include a photo of an image that speaks to you in a special way and tell us why.

5. What do you feel is lacking from your academic background?

Looking for more application tips? Check out this blog article from Bonnie Raskin, Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship Manager.

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