Carly Grimes

“Receiving the Quest for Excellence Award made me a more competitive college applicant because the travel scholarship allowed me to visit Pomona College, across the country."

Venice, FL
2013 National College Match Scholarship Recipient
Pomona College, Class of 2018



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Quest for Excellence Awards Overview



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The Quest for Excellence Awards are offered through a supplemental section of the College Prep Scholarship and National College Match applications. These awards give additional support to highly qualified students with a range of specialized backgrounds and interests.

Awards may include funding for new technology, scholarships at residential enrichment programs, individualized test preparation, and all-expenses-paid college visits. Many of the awards also have a cohort component, where students participate in college preparation events and connect with other applicants who may share their interests or background.

Due to the generous contributions of supporters, we have expanded our Quest for Excellence Awards in the STEM and Arts categories for the 2015 National College Match. A number of students for each category will receive up to $1,000 each for educational technology or relevant supplies.

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.


Students selected for STEM or Arts Awards may have additional awards available. Learn more

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.

In some cases, students will be contacted to provide additional materials related to their Quest for Excellence applications.

For high school juniors, the deadline for the Quest for Excellence supplement through the College Prep Scholarship application will be announced in early 2016.

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.


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