The Institute for Educational Advancement Announces Recipients of High School Scholarship for Gifted Learners

September 14, 2023

27 gifted students awarded fully funded four-year high school scholarship 

Pasadena, CA – 09/14/2023 – Today, the Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA) announces the award recipients of the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship (CDB) for the class of 2028, a four-year high school scholarship for gifted learners to attend an optimally matched high school or individualized education program to help them work toward meeting their unique intellectual and personal potential. The recipients will each receive upwards of $200,000, depending on the cost associated with the school or program they choose.  

Interested seventh grade students apply for the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship and are required to complete a rigorous portfolio application process, which includes essays, middle school transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a work sample. Eligible applicants must also achieve scores at the highest level on nationally normed standardized tests.  

“This year’s applicant pool was one of our most diverse as far as the students’ backgrounds, interests, geographic locations and knowledge base,” said Elizabeth Jones, President and Co-Founder of IEA. “As we celebrate our 25th anniversary as an organization that supports bright, young minds, we are reminded of how important this scholarship is for the 27 students who will benefit from an academically advanced high school program that will meet their highly intellectual needs.” 

In June, 51 finalists were contacted by the Caroline D. Bradley selection committee for in-person interviews with the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship team. The committee is comprised of a diverse group of nationwide high school and university admissions directors, teachers and administrators, CDB alumni, community members, and business leaders.  

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 2028 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.  

“This year’s Caroline D. Bradley scholars are capable, highly-engaged and impressively intelligent,” said Bonnie Raskin, Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship Program Director at IEA. “We go beyond just funding these students’ educations, we work closely with them to ensure they find the best program and we remain involved as they continue their educational journeys through high school and throughout their lives.”  

Since its inception in 2002, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation have generously funded this scholarship. It is one of the few merit-based, need-blind scholarships of its kind in the United States. To date, IEA has awarded more than 400 scholarships to gifted learners and alumni who are already making their mark on the world. Currently, there are 282 alumni, 160 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 the fall.  

2028 Caroline D. Bradley Scholars:  

  • Jason Adeyemi, Duluth, GA 
  • Ori Bard, Los Angeles, CA 
  • Anahit “Aeon” Bashir, Eden Prairie, MN 
  • Ayaan Dhruv, Los Altos Hills, CA 
  • Tess Eggeson, Indianapolis, IN 
  • Elili Flore, Los Angeles, CA 
  • Alesya Hathaway, Las Vegas, NV 
  • Samuel Henderson, Lexington, KY 
  • Una Joy Hornick, New York, NY
  • Rory Hu, Cupertino, CA 
  • Osagiemagbon Idehen, Staten Island, NY 
  • Ethan Isakir, Flushing, NY 
  • Elizabeth Kayes, Makawao, HI 
  • Neha Khankari, Palo Alto, CA
  • Camille Levy, Troy, MO 
  • Jedidiah McClimans, Riverside, CA 
  • Violet Miller, Bellevue, WA 
  • Adrienne Prater, Tyrone, GA 
  • Wyatt Steel, Leesburg, VA 
  • Atticus Stewart, Hermosa Beach, CA 
  • Faith Taylor, Hanover, NH 
  • Grace Walters, Elm Grove, WI 
  • Evan Weinswig, Menlo Park, CA 
  • Brianna Wong, Oakland, CA 
  • Channing Yang, Sugar Land, TX 
  • Hannah Yang, Los Angeles, CA 
  • Edward Zhang, Omaha, NE 

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

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 gifted 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.educationaladvancement.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 400 students with academic and social support, high school tuition and a lifelong network for mentorship and peer connections.