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3 Upstate students earn prestigious high school scholarships

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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Samuel Qin, from Greer, is the recipient of the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship, a four-year high scholarship for gifted learners.
 

Samuel Qin, from Greer, is the recipient of the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship, a four-year high scholarship for gifted learners.

 

Three Upstate students, one from Greer, are among 30 in the country awarded full high school scholarships to Gifted Learners.

Samuel Qin, from Greer, is the recipient of the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship, a four-year high school scholarship for gifted learners to attend an optimally matched high school program to help them meet their unique intellectual and personal needs.

Andy Xu and Julie Zhy, from Greenville, were also selected to receive grants. All three attend Sterling School-Charles Townes Center.

Students may attend their high school or, with the assistance of the student’s family and scholarship administrators, will agree on the best high school fit.

The Institute for Educational Advancement (IEA), which began in 2002 and is funded by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, a merit-based, need-blind scholarships of its kind in the U.S.

“Gifted students are far more likely to actualize their intellectual and personal potential when their learning environments match their capabilities and address their individual challenges,” said Elizabeth Jones, president of IEA. 

Students apply for the scholarship in the seventh grade and are required to complete an 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 and score competitively with high school seniors on the SAT Reasoning or ACT tests.

A pool of 386 applicants was trimmed to 55 finalists and then the final 30.

The application for the next class of Caroline D. Bradley Scholars will be available in November on its website.

2017 Caroline D. Bradley Scholars:

Samuel Qin, Greer, Sterling School-Charles Towns

Andy Xu, Sterling School-Charles Towns, Greenville,

Julia Zhu, Sterling School-Charles Towns, Greenville

Audrey Acken, Mountain View, Calif.

Alondra Cardenas, Montebello, Calif.

Neil Chowdhury, Bellevue, Wash.

Andrew Chu, Palo Alto, Calif.

Graham Curtsinger, Verdigris, Okla.

Jacob David, Fort Worth, Texas

Pascal Descollonges, Menlo Park, Calif.

Max Ehrlich, Eagan, Minn.

Rachel Faust, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Jake Payne Grodner, Los Angeles, Calif.

Leila Hardy, Lake Oswego, Ore.

Diamond Head, Wauconda, Ill.

Emma Hermacinski, Zionsville, Ind.

Lina Huang, San Dimas, Calif.

Steven Hwang, Corte Madera, Calif.

Storrie Kulynych-Irvin, Annapolis, Md.

Alexander Miller, Vacaville, Calif.

Maxine Park, Hanover, N.H.

Alexander Popescu, Spokane, Wash.

Gayatri Rajan, Mason, Ohio

Minki Shin, Studio City, Calif.

Josephine Stockton, Aurora, Colo.

Lily Wang, Foster City, Calif.

Diego West-Hedlund, San Francisco, Calif.

Thisbe Wu, New York, N.Y.

Olivia Yang, Charlotte, N.C.

William Zhu, Lincolnshire, Ill.

 

 

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