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Caroline D. Bradley Chances

overandover98overandover98 Registered User Posts: 236 Junior Member
edited January 2013 in Prep School Admissions
I'm not posting a chance post, but I would like to know the "acceptance rate" for the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship. I was having a conversation with my friends today at school and how I really want to go to boarding school (luckily I didn't get any strange looks like I did from my family a few years ago). They asked me about probablity, chances, money, scholarships, financial aid; many of which is on the eager minds of all of us as we await the 10th. I started telling them about the Caroline D Bradley Scholarship, and soon enough I have them dreaming about dorm rooms and campuses bigger then they could every imagine (sorry for lowering the acceptance rate future applicants,LOL). They then asked me how many got accepted for the scholarship, 15.. in the whole NATION!
My stomach is churning just thinking about how close all this seems to be. 15 is alot if only 20 kids apply, but I know that's not the case. How many kids are estimated to apply for the scholarship? What is the acceptance rate? How many kids are narrowed down for the finalists?
I'm in the eastern time zone, where many New Englanders are hard at work (I'm no state record holder). I want this more than ever and my mom said that she would think about letting me go... if money ended up not being a problem. It's so hard to think about applying for 2 VERY IMPORTANT pieces of my journey to boarding school. Even after I get passed the first round of applications, will I ever make it to my dream school?
I'm asking that someone ease my mind, some sort of number or piece of data that gives me at least a chance at making the dream the everyone on this board wants to come true.

Thank You,
Post edited by overandover98 on

Replies to: Caroline D. Bradley Chances

  • pulsarpulsar - Posts: 1,266 Senior Member
    I think you should wait until after M10 as everyone is busy with the '11 season. You have plenty of time to plan your journey.
  • overandover98overandover98 Registered User Posts: 236 Junior Member
    haha, I'm reading back what a wrote and it sounds so cheesy. Sorry people of CC, I bothered you with using words like "journey" "path of discovering". Thank you pulsar, good luck.
  • markalex1markalex1 Registered User Posts: 439 Member
    Np (: I don't have an exact number, but I can tell you that it's not *tons and tons* of people. You can tell because of the lack of how many people on CC people are well informed about it. I applied last year and I have heard of only a few people besides me who applied. Good luck to you. I hope it goes well.
  • overandover98overandover98 Registered User Posts: 236 Junior Member
    Thank you! Did you happen to be one of the lucky 15? Or a finalist?
  • markalex1markalex1 Registered User Posts: 439 Member
    Haha unfortunately not. Neither were any of the people who I knew that applied. It's ok, don't give up hope tho! You seem like a great applicant from how you talk on these boards.

    PS Take the essays VERY seriously because honestly, on my app everything was good (imo) except for the essays. I BS'd my essays, so don't make the same mistake!
  • overandover98overandover98 Registered User Posts: 236 Junior Member
    Thank you! I'm alot more relaxed actually, but when you mentioned how I "talked" on these boards... well it was kind of unsettling lol. I wish you and everyone else the best of luck!

    Do you happen to have a chance me post up there??? I've been looking for it under your other posts... aren't you an amazing swimmer?
  • markalex1markalex1 Registered User Posts: 439 Member
    Nope. Amazing swimmer? Pssh. I wish. I don't swim competitively anymore, and even when I did, I wasn't good. I do have one post regarding the CDB scholarship tho.


    Also, just an fyi, my SAT score when i applied last year was 1880 total.
  • overandover98overandover98 Registered User Posts: 236 Junior Member
    Oh please, I'm pretty sure I remember reading something about a state record holding or something. Sorry if I'm wrong, so much information!
  • markalex1markalex1 Registered User Posts: 439 Member
    Maybe it was intrinsically or ifax. Idk. Just trust me, i never set a swimming record.
  • 2prepMom2prepMom Registered User Posts: 1,140 Senior Member
    My D applied last year and was not selected, did not make it to finalist. High SATs (over 1800), grades, etc. It is a huge amount of work to prepare the essays and application (almost 100 pages), but it was a good experience doing that for her BS applications this year.
  • DakshinaDakshina Registered User Posts: 117 Junior Member
    My son applied last year. 7th grade SAT scores ~2000. Good grades, good recommendations, good essays. I agree it was a lot of work, but was very useful in preparing the BS apps.

    I think he fell short on the major goal of CDB which is to provide prep school opportunities to kids who otherwise won't go there. Since my son is already in a prep middle school, justifying that he won't go to prep high school without CDB was tough. Applications are evaluated by AO's and others associated with prep schools so they have a fairly good idea about who would best fit the goal of CDB.
  • overandover98overandover98 Registered User Posts: 236 Junior Member
    I went to a little private school 4 years ago, luckily they only ask for the schools you have been to within the last 3 years. I really hope next year my teachers will be nice enough to say that I would have a better experience with this scholarship. Good luck to everyone! NMH scores are in, so please remember to post them on the OFFICIAL master list at the top of the admissions board.
  • zenxanzenxan Registered User Posts: 82 Junior Member
    I don't know how many people apply but I think the few people who know about it and apply are already top of the top. My brother applied with 650 in Verbal and 700 in Math when he was in 7th grade. Received 99% on SSAT and Stanford 9. I think he was a finalist? I'm not sure, they interviewed him or something.

    He probably would have gotten it if he hadn't backed out actually... His guilt at being a kid from a million dollar house and a mid 6 figure family income got to him. But now he's a shoo-in for valedictorian and some top schools *cough*Stanford*cough* have already begun sniffing around b/c of his scores and Varsity sports- so he's happy with public school (which in our neighborhood, might as well be private).

    I'd say definitely go out for it. But don't hold your breath. Look into less...all encompassing funding options. A scholarship that pays for ALL FOUR years AND a lifelong commitment to ensuring their scholars get the best education and support is not a safe bet by any measure.
  • mainelyartmainelyart Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
    I read your question and wanted to let you know that the answer is in the hundreds, not thousands. The scholarship is still relatively new and is slowly expanding to include all states and DC. The first year's winners are just graduating from college this year. So, it's a good time to be applying, before it's even better known. My son is a current scholar, a senior this year. Although the test scores are very important, the committees try to get a sense of the whole person. They're looking for students who are highly motivated to learn, who have a strong sense of integrity, and who are unique. I know scholars who are strong in science/math and others who are more comfortable in the arts and writing. Their personalities, beliefs, and perspectives widely vary. I would advise you to work hard on your essays, and to be yourself. They are looking for students who can be authentic through the process. Over the course of four years the organization works hard to build the group into a community. It is a fantastic opportunity. If you do not make it, consider applying to the school of your choice anyway. Many of the top schools offer scholarships, too. Good luck!
  • cbacba Registered User Posts: 219 Junior Member
    I think 700+ students have applied in recent years.
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