The Quest for Excellence New York City Award is an initiative of QuestBridge to give high-achieving, low-income students in New York City access to enrichment and travel programs, internships, and other opportunities that will bolster their quest for college enrollment. This initiative is made possible through the generosity of the Heckscher Foundation for Children and other NYC-based foundations and individuals.
Juniors in New York City should apply through the QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship application, including the Quest for Excellence NYC Award supplement. 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 details on the individual awards available to NYC students, please see our page on Why Apply to the NYC Award.
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
2013 NYC Award Winners on a College Tour, Summer 2013
Quest for Excellence NYC Award Founding Team, March 2013
Namir Shah, Student Founder
Ana Rowena McCullough, Founder
Rachel Fishbein, Program Manager