QuestBridge College Match Program

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Amount
Awarded

$47,000

Awarded

Application Deadline

September 26

Thursday
Awarded By:

QuestBridge

Number of Awards & Eligibility: Number of awards varies annually. This year, QuestBridge is hoping to connect more than 200 students with full scholarships through the Match Process.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  3. Must have an interest in attending one of QuestBridge's college partners (Rice University, TX; Amherst College, MA; Williams College, MA; Wellesley College, MA; Pomona College, CA; Princeton University, NJ; Scripps College, CA; Stanford University, CA; Trinity College, CT; Bowdoin College, ME; Wheaton College, IL; Claremont McKenna College, CA; Columbia University, NY; Emory University, GA; University of Notre Dame, IN; Oberlin College, OH; Swarthmore College, PA; Vassar College, NY; Yale University, CT; California institute of Technology, CA; Haverford College, PA; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; MA; Northwestern University, IL; Parsons The New School for Design, NY; University of Pennsylvania, PA; or Wesleyan University, CT; Brown University, RI; University of Chicago, IL; Washington and Lee University, VA).
  4. Must have an income of $0 to $65,000 per year.
  5. Must be within the range of having a grade point average of 3.5 or higher; OR an SAT score of 1305 or higher; OR an ACT score of 28 or higher.
  6. Must be a high school senior at time of application.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: The QuestBridge College Match was created to fund complete scholarships to lower-income students so they can attend a variety of top schools. The students must show a high level of academic merit to be eligible.

Application requirements for the QuestBridge College Match Program are:

  • Application form
  • Official Transcript
  • Recommendation letters (3)
  • Test scores
  • Application Materials
Additional Information: QuestBridge is a new initiative of the Quest Scholars Program created to establish a bridge to higher education for highly motivated, academically talented, low-income and/or underrepresented youth in America. Finalists are selected based on academic excellence, financial need, under-privileged status, and curiosity and dedication to education. After the applicant submits a College Match application, QuestBridge screens all applicants and selects finalists. QuestBridge does not have a specific number of finalists it is looking for; all qualified students have a chance to become a finalist. It is, however, looking for a group of students with diverse interests, personalities, and backgrounds. Finalists' applications are forwarded to QuestBridge's college partners for review. While the colleges are reviewing applications, all finalists must research the college partners. At the end of this review period, colleges rank the students that they are interested in having attend their school. Similarly, all finalists rank the schools they would be interested in attending. It is important to note that students only have to rank the colleges that they would definitely want to attend. This may be one school, four schools, or all of the schools. The more colleges he/she ranks, the better his/her chance is of matching. QuestBridge receives the rankings of both the students and the colleges and comes up with a match. Not all finalists will be matched, as QuestBridge's college partners offer a limited number of scholarship positions. When a match is made between a student and a college, that match is binding.

Award Amount: All QuestBridge College Partners cover the full cost of tuition and room and board for their QuestBridge Scholars for all four years of attendance. Depending on the college or university, some scholarships may cover the cost of medical insurance, the cost of books, and/or include a work-study package. All scholarships are awarded annually, beginning with the student's freshman year, and are automatically renewable for three additional years if he/she continues to meet the eligibility requirements. A typical QuestBridge College Match Scholarship package usually covers the full cost of tuition, which is usually $40,000 (depending on the college) and the full cost of room and board, which is usually $15,000 (depending on the college)  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $47,000.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Thursday, September 26

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Thursday, September 26

Applications are available on the QuestBridge website. The application must be filled out online. There are no paper applications available. The online application is very thorough and requires the applicant to manually enter various information, including: contact information, personal information, educational interests, family information, sibling information, household income, high school information, educational information, test score information, extracurricular information, information about QuestBridge, and the applicant must answer short and long essay questions. The applicant should have all of this information available when filling out the online application. As part of the completed application, the applicant must complete the National College Match Application requirement for all the colleges the applicant plans to apply and rank each college according to the application instructions. The applicant must also meet specific eligibility requirements for any college the applicant plan to apply. The applicant must download and complete the unofficial transcript form (see application). The applicant must also submit at least three letters of recommendation; two teacher recommendation and one counselor recommendation (though the applicant may submit up to six letters). It is strongly encouraged that each applicant thoroughly read the instructions and specific details regarding each application component. Applications and all supporting materials are due by 11:59 p.m. PST on Sept. 27.
Contact: Heidi Longshore Bigge
Address: 120 Hawthorne Ave. Suite 103 Palo Alto, California 94301

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