Press Release: The Institute for Educational Advancement Seeks Gifted 7th Graders to Apply for Full Tuition High School Scholarship

November 23, 2020

PASADENA, CA – 11/10/2020 – The Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) is now accepting applications for the  Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship (CDB). The four-year high school scholarship provides full tuition for gifted learners to attend an optimally matched high school program. IEA collaborates with the awarded student and their family to choose a school or school alternative that best meets the individual student’s needs and goals, which are reevaluated and assessed throughout the four years the student is enrolled in the scholarship program.

Now through March 30, 2021, current seventh-grade students may apply for the scholarship. Students are required to complete a rigorous portfolio 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. The application can be found by clicking here

“A gifted and talented student needs a specialized education to truly reach their potential,” said Elizabeth Jones, President and Co-Founder of IEA. “By nurturing each student’s intellectual and personal needs, this scholarship helps shape the next generation of leaders.”

Three selection committees, comprised of a diverse group of nationwide high school and university admissions directors, CDB alumni, community members, business leaders, and IEA staff will meet both virtually and in-person to review scholarship applications. Due to COVID-19, students will only need to provide standardized test scores for the 2018-2019 school year. Standardized test scores are not necessary for students in programs that do not offer them, including home-schooled students.

The program, which began in 2002, is currently funded by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. It is one of the few merit-based, need-blind scholarships of its kind in the United States. To date, IEA has awarded 349 scholarships to gifted learners and alumni who are already making their mark on the world. Currently, there are 196 alumni, 112 of whom have graduated from college and are in the work force, attending graduate school, or participating in international service and fellowship programs.

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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.ieastaging2.wpengine.com.

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 based on merit to highly gifted seventh graders. Since its inception in 2002, the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship has served over 300 students with academic and social support, high school tuition and a lifelong network for mentorship and peer connections.


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