Palma Scholars Program Overview

The Palma Scholars program is designed to bring a cadre of academically accomplished Upper School students who have notable potential in leadership, athletics, and service to the Catlin Gabel Upper School while also spurring educational innovation within the school. The program launched in the fall of 2011 and is named after the former Head of School Lark Palma.

Palma Scholars are part of a cohort of high-achieving, community-minded peers under the mentorship of a master teacher. While eligible to take all courses offered at Catlin Gabel, they do not have to meet the same graduation requirements as other students. This affords Palma Scholars a special opportunity to customize their educational roadmap. They annually take part in the dynamic Palma Seminar, an interdisciplinary course that promotes real world projects. Additional programming information is described in greater detail under the Program section below. Students selected as Palma Scholars receive an annual scholarship and can apply for need-based assistance. For information on applying to the Palma Scholars Program, please see the Apply section below, read our FAQ, or email

Application Deadline

Palma Scholars program applications for 2021-22 are due by January 7, 2021. To request a need-based application fee waiver, please complete this form.

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