Far Hills Country Day School Grade 8 student Sahara Muhammad of Somerset, NJ, is the recipient of The Institute of Educational Advancement (IEA) Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship (CDB). The CDB is a four-year high school scholarship for gifted learners to attend an optimally matched high school program to help them work toward meeting their unique intellectual and personal potential.
“I am so proud of Sahara and am delighted for her family,” said Georgia S. Zaiser, Far Hills Country Day School Head of School. “What an incredible achievement and opportunity for this young scholar. We look forward to seeing how Sahara seizes the moment and soars to her highest potential.”
Students apply for the Caroline D. Bradley Scholarship in the seventh grade and are required to complete a rigorous portfolio application process, which includes essays, middle school transcripts, letters of recommendation, and a work sample. Eligible applicants must also achieve scores at or above the 97th percentile on nationally normed standardized tests.
Sahara previously received the Grand Honors Award in the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) talent search for her exceptionally high SAT score. Her SAT performance also resulted in her being invited to join CTY’s Julian C. Stanley Study of Exceptional Talent (SET) program. Students qualify for SET by taking the SAT before age 13 and scoring at least 700 on either the Math or Verbal (Critical Reading or Evidence-Based Reading and Writing) test.
Sahara’s SAT performance was also recognized by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development, which accepted her into their highly competitive Davidson’s Young Scholars program. This program offers enrichment programs and services designed to nurture the intellectual, social, emotional, and academic development of profoundly intelligent young people between the ages of 5 and 18.
Sahara also qualified for the Mathleague state championship as both a Grade 5 and Grade 6 student.
In addition to her academic excellence, Sahara also enjoys playing tennis for Far Hills in the fall and is excited to lead the fencing team this winter. As part of her commitment to community service, she serves as a peer tutor in math [in her spare time].
"I couldn't be happier for Sahara and her family,” said Edward Thompson, Director of Operations and Secondary School Placement at Far Hills Country Day School. “Being named a Caroline D. Bradley scholar is a spectacular honor and achievement. Speaking for the whole community, we are all looking forward to watching Sahara's curiosity and ambition take root at her next school, therein launching the pursuit of her dreams and goals. There are no limits for Sahara!”