Gateway School 8th grader, Grace Jones, has been awarded the prestigious Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship.

Gateway School 8th grader, Grace Jones, has been awarded the prestigious Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship. This merit-based scholarship based on academic performance and a commitment to learning was awarded to twenty-eight students, chosen from a competitive pool of nearly four hundred applicants across the country. They receive full-tuition scholarships to any high school that best fits their academic needs. Additionally, they join a group of fellow scholars for a variety of learning opportunities and intellectual collaboration. Grace is the first student from Santa Cruz to be selected as a Caroline D. Bradley Scholar.

Managed by the Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA), students apply for the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship in the seventh grade and are required to complete a challenging application which includes essays, middle school transcripts, and an example of their work. Eligible applicants must also achieve scores at or above the ninety-seventh percentile on nationally normed standardized tests and score competitively with high school seniors on the SAT or ACT tests.

“The Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship creates a life-changing experience that goes well beyond a high school scholarship,” said Bonnie Raskin, Program Director. “Scholars receive support and counsel from the Institute for Educational Advancement through high school and become part of a community of intellectual peers that they can rely on for support, shared information and networking for the rest of their lives. This is very exciting moment in these students’ lives.”