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.
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 STEM or Humanities teacher, and the other recommendation from a coach, elective teacher, counselor/advisor or professional who has worked with or taught you outside of school.
A. Yes, you must be a United States citizen who plans to attend a high school program based in the United States to apply for the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship.
A. No. All applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM PST March 30th 2021 (with the exception of SAT and ACT scores). Once the applicant submits their online application, no further changes can be made.
How does the scholarship committee handle students who are grade advanced or candidates for radical acceleration? If a student skips middle school, are they automatically excluded from consideration?
A. In cases of accelerated student applications for the CDB program, in order for a student to be eligible to apply for the CDB Scholarship, he or she will be entering their first year of high school in the fall of the year after their CDB application is submitted. In other words, for the 2021 CDB applicants, they will be entering high school in the fall of 2022.
Do I have to take the ACT or SAT Reasoning Test? I thought only high school students take those tests.
A. DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC there have been ongoing cancelations of the SAT and ACT testing dates. The Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship committee understands that not all applicants will be able to provide current SAT or ACT scores. We highly encourage applicants to take and submit their ACT/SAT scores if they are able to.
My middle school does not offer standardized testing. Can I still apply for the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship?
A. Yes. For students who are homeschooled or attend a school that does not administer standardized tests, please submit any supplemental academic or ability assessments administered within the past two years, if available. Due to COVID-19 we understand that applicants may not have scores to submit for the 2019-2021 school year.
Using the Scholarship
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 or program that best meets the individual student’s needs and goals which are re-evaluated and assessed throughout the four years the Scholar is enrolled in the CDB program.
A. Each year since the inception of the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship in 2002, we have added new states in which students would be eligible for the Scholarship, gradually increasing the scope of our search for Scholars. The Scholarship is now offered in all 50 states.
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, the Scholar’s family, and Scholarship Administrators will agree on the best high school fit.
A. Yes, the Scholarship can be used toward a boarding school but only covers day student tuition. The room and boarding components of the school’s costs, as well as any/all other fees (textbooks, lab materials, medical, laundry, travel) must be covered by the Scholar’s family or another source, such as financial aid directly from the school.