Andrea Rodas

“My Quest for Excellence Technology Award (a Dell laptop) gave me one less thing to worry about financially going into college and being a low-income student."

Jackson Heights, NY
2013 National College Match Scholarship Recipient
Williams College, Class of 2018



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Quest for Excellence Awards Overview


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The Quest for Excellence (QFE) Awards give additional college preparation support to highly qualified students with a range of specialized backgrounds and interests. Many of the awards also have a cohort component, where you can participate in college preparation events and connect with other applicants who may share your interests or background.

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


Quest for Excellence awards may include:

  • Funding for new technology (such as laptops and iPads)
  • Full scholarships at residential, summer enrichment programs
  • Individualized test preparation
  • All-expenses-paid college visits

Awards for the 2016 College Prep Scholars Program
(will be updated regularly)

STEM: Up to $1,000 in relevant technology or funding towards a STEM-based education experience.

Arts: Up to $1,000 in relevant technology, funding towards an arts-based educational experience, art supplies, equipment, or materials.

Full scholarship to The Island School Summer Term: A 30-day intensive program that includes field work in local ecosystems, explorations of local settlements and the socioeconomic impacts of development, and dynamic involvement in the systems and resources upon which we rely [from the website]. Dates: June 26 - July 26


Who should apply?

  • Academically outstanding high school juniors or seniors
  • From families earning less than $65,000/year for a family of four

Read more about who should apply for the College Prep Scholars Program 
Read more about who should apply for the National College Match


High School Juniors:

1. Complete a College Prep Scholars Program application.

2. Fill out the “Awards” section thoroughly. You may apply to as many Quest for Excellence awards for which you are qualified.

High School Seniors:

1. Complete a National College Match application by the deadline (late September).

2. Fill out the supplemental Quest for Excellence application through your QuestBridge account by the QFE deadline (mid-October). 






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