Cascades Academy Independent School PK-12

Upper School Scholarships

Cascades Academy offers two different scholarships for upper school students.

The Impact Scholarship was created to award students who are making a positive impact in their school or their community. This scholarship will cover from $500 to $12,000 of tuition costs for students entering grades 9-12.

Impact Scholars will receive this scholarship each year the student is in excellent academic standing, and is actively participating in and enriching the Cascades Academy community.

Impact scholarships are completely merit based, and the amount of the awards vary depending on the number and quality of the applicants.

To apply for the Impact Scholarship, students must complete the following steps:

  1. Submit 2 letters of recommendation. Letters should highlight the applicant’s personal strengths and accomplishments in any number of areas, including academic success, leadership, innovation, creativity, social justice and community service. (Note: these letters are submitted in addition to the Teacher Recommendations required in the application for admission)

  2. Submit an essay (up to 500 words) in response to one of the following prompts:
    • Discuss an organization or club you are currently involved with that is having a positive impact on your school or your community. What made you decide to become part of this organization? What specific contributions have you brought to the group? What things have you learned?
    • Discuss a need you have identified in your school or community, and how you have worked to find and implement solutions to address that need.
    • Cascades Academy values innovative thinking and creative problem solving. Describe a time when you applied innovation and/or creativity to solve a problem or to make your school community better.

  3. Participate in an interview with Julie Amberg, Head of School and Barb Cartmell, Director of Admission.


The Kelly Young Scholarship is a need-based scholarship that was created in honor of Kelly Young, who believed in providing access to educational opportunities and resources to students of diverse backgrounds. Cascades Academy is honored to offer this scholarship in her name.

Kelly Young Scholars will receive this need-based scholarship each year the student is in excellent academic standing, is actively participating in and enriching the Cascades Academy community, and qualifies for financial assistance.

Who is eligible?

  • This scholarship is available to students entering grades 9 through 12 who have demonstrated academic success and a commitment to their school community.
  • Applicants will be assessed based on past academic performance, contributions to their community, and a personal interview.
  • Families must qualify for at least 30% ($4,700) of tuition in tuition assistance funds in accordance with SSS guidelines.

To apply for the Kelly Young Scholarship, students must complete the following steps:

  1. Follow the normal application process for tuition assistance.
  2. Participate in an interview with Julie Amberg, Head of School and Barb Cartmell, Director of Admission.
  3. Submit an essay (up to 500 words) as described below:

Kelly Young strongly believed that individuals should make a positive difference in their community in whatever way was possible for them. At Cascades Academy, our mission statement reads,

"Cascades Academy is an engaged, vibrant community that weaves challenging academics with experiential learning to inspire socially responsible individuals ready for a diverse and changing world."

The phrase "to inspire socially responsible individuals" was intentionally chosen to demonstrate the high level of importance the school places on instilling an ethic of giving back in our students. In fact, we think that cultivating an innate desire in our students to make a positive difference is one of the most foundational and powerful ways the school can make a difference in our diverse and changing world. With this phrase in mind, please answer one of the following essay questions (500 word maximum).

  • As you think about your future as a student in our Cascades Academy community, please describe the ways in which you plan to positively give back to both the Cascades Academy school community and the greater community.

  • As you think about your role as a "socially responsible individual ready for a diverse and changing world" well beyond graduation, please describe the ways in which you would like to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Dream big.

Cascades Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, national or ethnic origin, or any other legally protected status in the administration or educational policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, or athletic and other school administered programs.