Chris Sackes

"Students in New York City have amazing potential. However, often the potential isn’t cultivated because sometimes schools are too big and students don’t receive the proper advising. There are a ton of benefits to applying with QuestBridge. Spreading the word about QuestBridge can offer New York City students the right opportunity that they need to spark that potential and rise to it."

Harlem, NY
2011 College Prep Scholar
2011 Quest Scholar
Stanford University, Class of 2016


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Quest for Excellence NYC Award


 Please note that the deadline for the Quest for Excellence NYC Award supplement is March 31, 2015.  However, applicants must also submit a complete College Prep Scholarship application by the March 25, 2015 deadline in order to be considered.


The Quest for Excellence New York City Award is a local initiative of QuestBridge to give high-achieving, low-income high school juniors in New York City access to summer enrichment and travel programs, technology, professional networking, and academic opportunities, all in an effort to strengthen their college outlook.  This initiative is made possible through the generosity of the Heckscher Foundation for Children, additional foundations, as well as generous individuals and alumae.

To learn about our 2015 awards, please see our page on Why Apply to the NYC Award.

Juniors in New York City should apply through the QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship application, including the Quest for Excellence NYC Award supplement.  Only students who list their permanent zip code from within the five boroughs will be eligible to access the NYC Award supplement.  Cohort selection for the NYC Award will happen after determination of College Prep Scholar status.  By completing this application and supplement, students will have the chance to receive awards designed specifically to enhance their exposure to opportunities based on their extracurricular interests, background, and career goals, as well as to gain a network of like-minded individuals from the five boroughs of New York.

For more information about the NYC Award, including eligibility, how to apply, and our selection timeline, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

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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