Catlin Gabel School awarded $2 million grant for financial aid

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May 23, 2005

For Immediate Release

Contact: Nadine Fiedler

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Catlin Gabel School awarded $2 million grant for financial aid from Malone Foundation

Scholarships will benefit exceptionally capable students with financial need

Portland, OR, May 23, 2005--Catlin Gabel School, an independent school in Portland, Oregon, has received a grant of $2 million for financial aid from the Malone Family Foundation, of Englewood, Colorado. Funds from the endowment grant will support tuition and school-related expenses for exceptionally motivated and capable students with financial need in grades 7 through 12. Catlin Gabel, the first school in the Pacific Northwest to receive a Malone Family Foundation grant, was one of four schools in the U.S. honored this year with the award.

Catlin Gabel School was sought out by the Malone Family Foundation and invited to apply for the grant. The Foundation selects independent secondary schools for the grants through a rigorous research process, resulting in the addition of three to four top-level schools to the Malone Scholars family each spring. The Malone Family Foundation’s criteria for selection included the school’s academic caliber; the quality of its staff; attention to the individual students needs, interests, and talents; financial strength and stability; a commitment to financial aid; and an economically, culturally, ethnically, and socially diverse population. Cathie Wlaschin, administrator of the Malone Family Foundation, took special note during her campus visit in April of Catlin Gabel’s bright and articulate students as well as the school’s faculty members who incorporate their research on the brain and learning into their teaching methods, its strong robotics program, and its Learning Center, which supports students with work on learning styles, tutoring, and study skills.

“Most independent schools have a local or sometimes state reputation: Catlin Gabel School is among the elite independent schools with a national reputation,” wrote Patrick F. Bassett, president of the National Association of Independent Schools, in a letter recommending Catlin Gabel for the award. “The academic rigor and quality of the school speak for themselves in the school’s results: exceptionally high SAT scores and AP scores, exceptionally large number of National Merit Scholars semifinalists, extraordinary college placement, and the like.

“With about a quarter of the student body receiving financial aid, Catlin Gabel shows a significantly higher commitment than is the norm to supporting socio-economic diversity and to making the school available to students for whom otherwise a high quality education would be inaccessible,” Bassett wrote.

“Our progressive model of education is ideally suited to meeting the needs of future Malone Scholars,” said Lark Palma, head of Catlin Gabel School. “The focus on the way in which students learn, teachers’ commitment to the full development of all their students, the adaptation of the curriculum to emerging capabilities, and the inclusion of all dimensions of the child mean that students are not measured by external standards, but by the fulfillment of their potential.”

ABOUT THE MALONE FAMILY FOUNDATION The Malone Family Foundation was founded in 1997 by Dr. John C. Malone, well-known communications and media executive and investor, and his family, with one principal objective: 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. For more information, visit

ABOUT CATLIN GABEL SCHOOL Catlin Gabel School is an independent, coeducational day school dedicated to academic excellence, individualized attention, multiculturalism, and lifelong learning. Situated on a 54-acre wooded campus in Portland, Oregon, Catlin Gabel offers its 700 students an enriched curriculum blending science, math, humanities, the arts, athletics, and a strong sense of community to students in preschool through twelfth grade. The school is fully accredited, and is independently governed by a board of trustees as a nonprofit institution without tax support or religious affiliation.

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