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Qualified Catlin Gabel students participate in three distinctive scholarship programs

Palma Scholars Program - new students entering Catlin Gabel in grade 9

Fall 2011 marked the launch of the Palma Scholars Program, which was named to honor 18-year school head Lark Palma. The innovative program’s goal is to bring a cadre of academically exceptional students with notable potential in leadership, athletics, and service to the Catlin Gabel Upper School. Students selected as Palma Scholars will receive comprehensive financial aid based on merit to defray the cost of attendance at Catlin Gabel. For more information on applying to the Palma Scholars Program, please email

Admission Criteria
Applicants should designate their interest in being considered for the Palma Scholars Program in the Catlin Gabel application and must also complete the Palma Scholars supplement. Only students applying for admission to the 9th grade will be considered. Admission to the program will be based on both demonstrated achievement in and potential for future development of the program’s four key characteristics: academics, athletics, service, and leadership. Those not selected for admission to the Palma Scholars Program will still receive full consideration for admission to Catlin Gabel Upper School. 

More detailed information about this program is available on the Palma Scholars page.

Malone Scholars Program - new or current students entering Catlin Gabel in grades 7 through 12

The Malone Scholars Program was established at Catlin Gabel in 2005 with a $2 million award from the Malone Family Foundation for financial aid for exceptional students. Catlin Gabel is the only school in Oregon and one of only 31 top independent schools nationwide to be awarded a Malone Scholars Program endowment. We are honored to partner with the Malone Family Foundation towards achieving its mission: “to improve access to quality education — particularly at the secondary school level — for gifted students who lack the financial resources to best develop their talents.” Please contact the admission office for more information about the Malone Scholars Program at 503-297-1894 or
Who is eligible?

♦ Students applying to Catlin Gabel for admission for grades 7-12 are eligible to receive a Malone Scholarship. 

♦ Students must be in the top 5% of their class, be of high character, and be motivated to make the best use of this opportunity to reach his or her potential.

♦ Malone Scholars must be U.S. citizens.

♦ Families must qualify for at least 30% of tuition in financial aid funds in accordance with SSS guidelines. The amount of the scholarship awarded is based on need. 

 How do I apply?

There is no separate application for the Malone Scholars Program at Catlin Gabel. Interested candidates should follow the normal application procedures outlined on our website for both admission and financial aid. Malone Scholars will be notified upon their offer of admission in March. Students are not eligible for both Malone and Palma scholarships. Malone Scholars will receive financial aid every year the student is enrolled at Catlin Gabel, is in excellent academic standing, and qualifies for financial aid.  

Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship - all interested students apply in grade 7 to the Institute for Educational Advancement (covers 4 years of high school tuition at school of choice)

The mission of the Institute for Educational Advancement’s Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship is “to identify exceptionally gifted middle school students who exhibit advanced intellectual talent and have the ability to demonstrate academic and personal excellence. These exceptional students are granted a scholarship to a high school where they can actualize their intellectual and personal potential.”

Who is eligible?

Students currently enrolled in 7th grade at any school are eligible to apply for the scholarship, which covers tuition for high school. Current Catlin Gabel 7th graders or 7th grade students attending other middle schools and planning to apply to Catlin Gabel for 8th or 9th grade admission are eligible for this scholarship. 

Please see the IEA’s website for information on the selection process, guidelines, and deadlines. The deadline to apply is typically in May of a students 7th grade year, and applicants must take the SAT 1 Reasoning Test by the application deadline.