Shawon Jackson

"For years, I feared that I would be unable to attend the school of my dreams because of limited finances; however, all said fears quickly faded after I received an e-mail from QuestBridge. I am so very thankful that QuestBridge aims to provide gifted, low-income students with such extraordinary opportunities."

University Park, IL
2010 National College Match Recipient
Princeton University, Class of 2015

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Quest for Excellence Awards Overview


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The Quest for Excellence program is an innovative initiative for talented, low-income high school juniors and seniors, and serves as a powerful complement to the College Prep Scholarship and National College Match programs. Quest for Excellence Awards are designed to enhance educational exploration for qualified juniors and seniors with a range of backgrounds and interests.

WHY should you apply?

The key benefits of the Quest for Excellence program include:

  • Valuable awards such as laptops, iPads, or expense-paid visits to one of our partner colleges.
  • Focused, specialized categories that enable you to apply on the basis of your specific professional interests, talents, geography, ethnicity, and other individual qualities, such as being of the first generation in your family to go to college.
  • A focus on high-achieving low-income high school students.
  • A free, simple component of the College Prep Scholarship or National College Match application.

WHO should apply?

Learn more about our selection criteria.

HOW do you apply?

The application is a supplement to the College Prep Scholarship and National College Match applications. Follow these simple instructions to apply for Quest for Excellence Awards.


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