Daniel Nissani

"We must spread the word of this great opportunity so low-income students can hope and dream about their adult lives. New York City students are particularly important because I've found that the rugged persona of a NYC student really helps them be resilient."


Forest Hills, NY

2010 Quest Scholar

Northwestern University,
Class of 2014

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Quest for Excellence NYC Award



The Quest for Excellence New York City Award gives high-achieving, low-income high school juniors in New York City access to summer enrichment and travel programs, technology, professional networking, and academic opportunities, to help strengthen their college outlook. This initiative is made possible through the generosity of the Heckscher Foundation for Children, additional foundations, and individuals.

College Prep Scholars selected for the New York City Award will receive:

  • One-on-one essay support during the fall college application cycle
  • Access to additional funds for testing, financial aid, and score reporting fees
  • Professional lunches and networking events
  • College visit trips with other New York City Awardees
  • A supportive cohort of students to work with throughout your college application process
  • A dedicated QuestBridge staff member to answer your questions

Additional Awards:

Select NYC Award recipients may also receive:

  • A new laptop computer, iPad, or other tablet
  • Private tutoring and educational resources for standardized tests (ACT and SAT)


To apply, you should qualify for the College Prep Scholars Program and must permanently reside in one of the five boroughs of New York City.


  1. Complete a College Prep Scholars Program application.
  2. In the “Personal Information” section, list your permanent address as being in NYC.
  3. Fill out the NYC Quest for Excellence question on the Awards page of your College Prep Scholars application


You will be notified of your award status via email at the end of April (after the notification of College Prep Scholars.) If you have additional questions about the Quest for Excellence NYC Award, please send inquiries to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



 2013 NYC Award Winners visiting Wesleyan University, Summer 2013



Quest for Excellence NYC Award Founding Team, March 2013
Namir Shah, Student Founder
Ana Rowena McCullough, Founder
Rachel Fishbein, Program Manager



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