megan smith


Megan Smith

"Because of QuestBridge, I was able to focus my college search on the non-financial aspects of college and eventually find the college that fit me best. Through QuestBridge, I discovered that attending a prestigious university could be financially feasible and even more affordable than an in-state public university. I was able to realistically look at colleges that had previously seemed like only dreams."

Lenexa, KS
2011 National College Match Recipient
University of Pennsylvania, Class of 2016


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Why Apply for Quest for Excellence Awards?


 This page is being updated. Please check back in February 2015.


Students selected for Quest for Excellence Awards will have the choice of one of the following awards:


A new laptop computer or iPad.  

- OR -


 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.

Award Descriptions for the 2014 National College Match

Quest for Excellence Arts Award

Granted to a student with special skills and interest in the visual or performing arts.

Quest for Excellence Bay Area Award

Granted to a student from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Quest for Excellence Empire State Award

Granted to a student from the Empire State. 

Quest for Excellence Entrepreneurship Award

Granted to a student with demonstrated interest in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Quest for Excellence First Generation Award

Granted to a student whose perseverance and dedication to academic excellence will enable him or her to be among the first generation in his or her family to attend a four-year college.

Quest for Excellence Great Plains Award

Granted to a student from the region between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains.

Quest for Excellence Law Award

Granted to a student interested in the study and practice of law.

Quest for Excellence Military Family Award

Granted to a student with either one or more parents on active duty in the U.S. armed forces, or who has lost a parent in combat.

Quest for Excellence Native American Award

Granted to a student of Native American descent.

Quest for Excellence Rural Award

Granted to a student from a rural area in the United States who demonstrates a desire for opportunities that may have been limited or inaccessible in a rural environment.

Quest for Excellence Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering (STEM) Award

Granted to a student interested in careers in the sciences and/or technology.

Quest for Excellence Young Physicians’ Award

Granted to a student who intends to become a physician or medical researcher.



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