The Quest for Excellence Awards program is an innovative initiative for talented, low-income high school juniors and seniors with a range of specialized backgrounds and interests, and serves as a powerful complement to the College Prep Scholarship and National College Match programs.
Quest for Excellence Awards enhance academic exploration and aid students in the college application process through enrichment programs, technology awards, test preparation awards, and expense-paid college visits.
View all current Quest for Excellence categories
Learn more about special Quest for Excellence programs offered through the College Prep Scholarship: Fein Fellows | NYC Award
Why should you apply?
Students selected for Quest for Excellence Awards will have the choice of one of the following awards:
A new laptop computer or iPad.
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An expense-paid visit to a QuestBridge partner college, during which awardees will have the opportunity to spend time exploring a campus, talking with students and professors, and observing classes in order to get a feel for the college’s atmosphere.
Additional awards are offered through the Fein Fellows and NYC Award.
Who should apply?
The Quest for Excellence Awards are designed for high school juniors and seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability despite facing economic challenges. Students interested in applying for Quest for Excellence Awards must be high school juniors applying to the College Prep Scholarship or seniors applying to the National College Match. Only those who are accepted as College Prep Scholars or National College Match Finalists will be considered for the Quest for Excellence Awards.
Read more about who should apply for the College Prep Scholarship
Read more about who should apply for the National College Match
How do you apply?
The application is a supplement to the College Prep Scholarship and National College Match applications. Complete the supplemental Quest for Excellence section available from your Application Management page, which usually includes a short essay for each award. You may check off and apply to as many categories to which you are qualified.
For high school juniors, the deadline for the Quest for Excellence supplement through the College Prep Scholarship application is March 31, 2015.
For high school seniors, the deadline for the Quest for Excellence supplement through the National College Match application is October 13, 2015.
Please note: Quest for Excellence award notification occurs about four months after applications are due.