Introducing the 2020 Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship Prompts

November 12, 2019

By Mallory Aldrich, IEA Admissions Coordinator 

As we are approaching the opening of the 2020 Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship Application, we thought this would be a great opportunity to share with you the prompts for the essay portion of the application and some tips for writing and submitting them.

The reflective prompt section of the application is where the applicant has a chance to show the scholarship committee who they are and what their 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 link to either Dropbox or Google Drive or similar platform. You can simply do this by placing the link below your other essays. Essays should 500 words or less. Please make sure to copy and paste the essay question you are answering prior to writing your essay so that the reader can easily identify which essay prompt you chose. 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 of 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.


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


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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