"The College Prep Scholarship award helped me realize where I stood in the nation as a college candidate. It allowed me - for the first time - to have confidence in myself and my potential and led me to set higher goals. My doubts of making it to selective schools diminished and were replaced with hope and an optimistic approach to college applications."
|Who Should Apply for the College Prep Scholarship?|
The QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship is designed for high school juniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite facing economic challenges, and show the potential to attend top colleges. We do not have absolute criteria or cut-offs for GPA, standardized test scores, or income and we take a holistic approach in reviewing applications. When selecting College Prep Scholars, we try to answer the following questions:
Students must be juniors who are planning to apply to college during the fall of their senior year.
Please note that international students living outside the U.S. are not eligible to apply for the College Prep Scholarship.
QuestBridge takes all of the following factors into account when evaluating an application for the College Prep Scholarship:
We seek students who have demonstrated a very high level of academic achievement. The academic characteristics below are based on profiles of past College Prep Scholars from previous years, and are not strict requirements or cut-offs:
College Prep Scholars typically come from households earning less than $60,000 annually for a family of four, and often less than $50,000. This is not a strict cut-off and we encourage students who feel they have faced significant financial hardship to review these financial details carefully to see if they may qualify.
All sources of family income are taken into account, including:
Students with divorced or separated parents must report the income of both biological parents, including the non-custodial parent. The only exception is when the student has not had contact with the non-custodial parent for an extended period of time.
All assets held by the family are taken into consideration, including:
We also take the following factors into account when reviewing applications:
|College Prep Scholar Profile
View a profile of our College Prep Scholars from last year.
|College Prep Scholar Stories
Read about some past College Prep Scholars who were successful in applying to college through QuestBridge.
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