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QuestBridge offers two programs for high school students:

  • The College Prep Scholarship for juniors who are preparing for the college application process
  • The National College Match for seniors applying to college


There are no fees involved in applying to any of our programs.



The College Prep Scholarship

Through QuestBridge's College Prep Scholarship, more than 1,500 high-achieving low-income juniors will be selected as College Prep Scholars to receive awards designed to help them become successful applicants to top colleges.

High school juniors who complete our free, online application (available in February each year) are eligible for a range of awards. All of the awards are designed to prepare students to make the most of their chances in the college admissions process. The awards include:

  • Full scholarships to summer programs at leading universities such as Brandeis, Emory, Harvard, Notre Dame, Stanford, Penn, and Yale
  • Invitations to attend the annual QuestBridge College Admissions Conferences, where students can meet college admissions officers and attend workshops on applying to leading colleges as low-income students
  • Individualized college counseling provided by QuestBridge staff and current Quest Scholars
  • All-expense-paid visits to partner college campuses
  • Telementoring with Amherst College students about the college admissions process

If you know a student who has achieved academic excellence in the face of economic challenges, we encourage you to refer the student to the College Prep Scholarship.

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The National College Match

The QuestBridge National College Match helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to some of the nation's most selective colleges.

QuestBridge works with over 35 partner colleges that actively seek students who have overcome economic obstacles to achieve academic success. The QuestBridge application provides admissions officers with a fuller picture of students' unique circumstances and accomplishments. If a student is admitted to a partner college through the College Match, the college will provide a scholarship that covers the full cost of tuition, room, and board, typically worth around $200,000 or more.

Even though the "sticker price" of attending many private colleges is quite high, QuestBridge's partner colleges offer generous financial aid packages that cover 100% of demonstrated financial need, making them very affordable for low-income students. In 2012, 383 students gained admission and full scholarships to leading colleges through the College Match, and we anticipate over 1,600 more QuestBridge applicants will be admitted to our partner colleges via the regular admissions process with generous financial aid.

If you know a student who has achieved academic excellence in the face of economic challenges, we encourage you to refer the student to the National College Match.

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