The Graded Scholar Program

The Graded Scholar Program targets inequality by providing full-tuition scholarships to economically disadvantaged, highly gifted children, many of whom reside in the neighboring community of Paraisópolis.

Graded Scholars typically enter the school in sixth or seventh grade. Selected after having completed Graded’s intensive Outreach Program, these talented children enhance and diversify our student body.

We know that Scholars perform better at Graded when they are supported by a cohort of peers from similar backgrounds. This is one reason that we aspire to increase the number of entering Graded Scholars to four per year, raising our total program participation from 10 to 28.

It takes R$2.2 million to endow a scholarship in perpetuity. You can also “adopt” a Scholar for the duration of their time at Graded. Can we count on your support?

“The friends I made, the places I explored, the knowledge I gained; they were all gifts from you. I feel like the protagonist of a novel, your novel. With that said, I want to thank you for writing such a fantastic story, and creating such a happy path for me, as your character, to follow and learn from; if I am who I am, and if I exist as I do, it is because of you.”

Leo Oliveira
Graded Scholar ‘14
Skidmore College ‘18

A Scholar Thanks Graded 

Susan Clain
Chief Advancement Officer

Julia Downey de Oliveira
Development Manager

Fabio Carvalho
Communications Manager

Jackie Gomes '13
Advancement Officer

Carlos Miranda '10
Advancement Associate 


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