Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship

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The Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship (CDB Scholarship) is a highly competitive merit-based full scholarship for United States citizens that identifies exceptionally gifted middle school students nationwide who have demonstrated high academic potential and personal excellence and offers them a four-year scholarship to a high school that best fits their intellectual and personal needs. The scholarship pays for four years of tuition at a private high school. Students must apply while in the 7th grade. The application deadline is in May.[1]

Scholarship recipients must score in the top 97% on a nationally normed standardized test and take the College Board SAT college admissions test or the ACT test while in seventh grade. Applicants also write essays and finalists have an interview. Current scholars and available alumni attend an annual retreat to discuss issues of global importance and personal relevance. The scholarship was launched in 2002 with 5 students. In 2012, the college with the largest number of previous Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship winners currently enrolled as undergraduates was Harvard University.[2] Fifteen students were selected as 2012 Caroline D. Bradley Scholars.[3]

The Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship is the only U.S. scholarship which pays for full tuition for high school students and that is not restricted to students who are from low-income backgrounds. The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholars Program, awarded by Jack Kent Cooke's namesake foundation, is available to students from low-income backgrounds. These are the only two U.S. scholarships that are national competitions and that pay for high school tuition at any high school.[4] It is possible to be awarded both scholarships.[5]


  1. ^ "Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship". Center for Talented Youth, Johns Hopkins University. 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship Vision and Mission". Institute for Educational Advancement. 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  3. ^ "2012 Caroline D. Bradley Scholars" (PDF). Institute for Educational Advancement. 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2012.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Out-of-School and Summer Program Scholarships". Talent Identification Program, Duke University. 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Bianca Lin". Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. 2012. Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 30 November 2012.