Press Release: The Institute for Educational Advancement Announces 29 Recipients for Nationwide High School Scholarship

September 13, 2021

Pasadena, CA – 09/01/2021 – The Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) announces the award recipients of the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship (CDB) for the class of 2026, a four-year high school scholarship for gifted learners to attend an optimally matched high school program to help them work toward meeting their unique intellectual and personal potential.

Students apply for the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship in the seventh grade and are required to complete a rigorous portfolio application process, which includes essays, middle school transcripts, letters of recommendations, and a work sample. Eligible applicants must also achieve scores at or above the 97th percentile on nationally normed standardized tests.

“The Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship is a wonderful opportunity to not only financially support some of the brightest young minds in the country, but to welcome them into a nurturing community,” said Elizabeth Jones, President and Co-Founder of IEA. “It’s a key part of our mission to support gifted youth so that they can become thought leaders, problem solvers and successful individuals.” 

The CDB selection committee is comprised of a diverse group of nationwide high school and university admissions directors, CDB alumni, community members, and business leaders. The rigorous selection process took place over the course of several months, wherein the committee met both virtually and in-person to review scholarship applications and interview candidates.

Over the course of the next several months, IEA staff, current CDB Scholars and CDB alumni will provide guidance and assistance to the entering class of 2026 Scholars as they begin to identify potential high school programs, complete applications, and prepare their individualized educational plans for next year’s high school entrance.

“Every year, we’re fortunate to get to know and work with a new crop of highly gifted and motivated middle school students,” said Bonnie Raskin, Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship Program Director at IEA. “We want these individuals to develop their unique voice and channel their passion into a bright future, and our goal is to be alongside them every step of the way.”

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 United States. To date, IEA has awarded more than 350 scholarships to gifted learners and alumni who are already making their mark on the world. Currently, there are 225 alumni, 125 of whom have graduated from college and are in the work force, attending graduate school, or participating in international service and fellowship programs.

The application for the next class of Caroline D. Bradley Scholars will be available in November 2021.

2026 Caroline D. Bradley Scholars: 

  • Daniel Baek, Arcadia, California
  • Ziv Bard, Los Angeles, California
  • Mae Beauvoir, Seattle, Washington
  • Daryn Burnette, Trinity, Florida
  • Alicia Chen, Palo Alto, California
  • Audrey Cho, Oradell, New Jersey
  • Colin Chu, Palo Alto, California
  • Nola Foran, Studio City, California
  • Matthew Gao, Skillman, New Jersey
  • Zarah Guillemet, Los Angeles, California
  • Henry He, Andover, Massachusetts
  • Michael Larson, Flower Mound, Texas
  • Kayla Ling, Hillsborough, California
  • Sydney Mafong, San Diego, California
  • Joshua Mak, New York, New York
  • Vishnu Mangipudi, Bellevue, Washington
  • Sahara Muhammad, Somerset, New Jersey
  • Allison Nieves, Rosemead, California
  • Thomas Nordahl, Westwood, Massachusetts
  • Amirah Ogweta, Portland, Maine
  • Anya Reppa, Mequon, Wisconsin
  • Juniper Rogers, Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Tiffany Sun, Exeter, New Hampshire
  • Alex Tran, Hillsboro, Oregon
  • Ava Truong, Wichita, Kansas
  • Stephanie Wang, Forest Hills, New York
  • Sriya Wint, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Brandon Xu, Simpsonville, South Carolina
  • Christopher Zeng, Longmeadow, Massachusetts


For more information about this scholarship or any of IEA’s other programs and services, visit www.ieastaging2.wpengine.com.

About the Institute for Educational Advancement

The Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) is dedicated to the intellectual, creative, and personal growth of our nation’s gifted and high-potential youth. Central to the mission of IEA is a commitment to the development of the whole child through engaging educational experiences that promote optimal challenge, mentorship, exploration of ideas, and recognition of personal potential. IEA seeks to connect like-minded individuals through dynamic and engaging year-round programming. Additionally, IEA supports a diverse community that creates a sense of belonging and affirmation. For more information, visit www.educationaladavancement.org.

About the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship Program

IEA’s Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship Program is one of the few U.S. high school scholarship programs that is need-blind and awarded solely on the basis of merit to highly gifted seventh graders. Since its inception in 2002, the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship has served over 350 students with academic and social support, high school tuition and a lifelong network for mentorship and peer connections.


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