Palma Scholars Program Application

Applicants to the Palma Scholars Program should formally designate their interest in the program when completing the online application. Please note that only students applying to grade 9 are considered. To learn more about the Palma Scholars Program please visit our program overview page.

Admission Criteria

Admission to the program is based on both demonstrated achievement and potential in the program’s four key characteristics: academics, athletics, leadership, and service. In keeping with the spirit of the program, no current or former Catlin Gabel students are eligible to be Palma Scholars.

Finalist Process

Approximately a dozen applicants are selected as program finalists and are asked to return to campus for a full day of activities with current Palma Scholars, the Palma Scholars Program Director, and Catlin Gabel faculty and staff.

2024-25 Application Update

The Palma Scholars Program application deadline has passed. We'll start taking applications for 2025-26 in September 2024.

key dates for palma scholar Applicants
November 15, 2023: Palma Scholars Alumni Panel (over Zoom)
December 6, 2023: Palma Scholars Program Breakfast
January 16, 2024: Palma Scholars Program application deadline for 2024-25 academic year.
January 16, 2024: Financial assistance application deadline. (If an applicant family is also applying to multiple divisions, financial assistance applications should be submitted by the earliest admission application deadline.)
February 2, 2024: Palma Scholars Program finalists notified
February 15, 2024: Palma Scholars Program finalists day
February 23, 2024: Palma Scholars Program and financial assistance decisions delivered
March 7, 2024: Palma Scholars Program enrollment deadline

Application Checklist

We’ve put together a checklist to help you with the application process. All items marked with an asterisk (*) are required.

Get To Know Us

Create an admission portal account*

Register for events

  • Open House: October 22, 2023, 1-4 p.m.
  • Palma Scholars Program Alumni Panel: November 15, 2023, 6-7 p.m. (over Zoom)
  • Palma Scholars Program Breakfast: December 6, 2023, 8-10 a.m.
  • Upper School Information Session: January 9, 2024 7-8 p.m.

Explore campus through a guided tour

Application Process

 Pay $75 Application Fee*

Submit Online Forms*

  • Family Information Forms
  • Applicant Profile
  • Questions for Parents/Guardians
  • Questions for Students
  • Palma Scholars Addendum

Upload Student Writing Sample*

Send Teacher Evaluation Forms to Current Teachers*

Send Coach Evaluation Form*

  • To the coach of each sport you place at a competitive (non-recreational) level

Submit School Records*

 Register for a Shadow Day*

  • Complete the Interests and Shadow Day Form found under the Shadow Day section in the admission portal at least a week prior to your scheduled visit day
  • Schedule a shadow day to observe classes, enjoy lunch and breaks, and participate in a demo-class and team challenge activity

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Have Questions?

Contact Mary Braun
Director of Middle & Upper School Enrollment
(503) 297-1894 ext.5052