Become an Essay Coach


The essay is one of the most important components of a college application. For low-income students, sharing personal stories is crucial in providing admissions officers with a full picture of themselves. For this reason, we would like to invite all QuestBridge Alumni and members of the Class of 2018 to apply to become an Essay Coach. Being an Essay Coach is a rewarding way to impact QuestBridge applicants in today’s highly competitive college admissions process.

Essay feedback is an award for high school juniors selected as QuestBridge College Prep Scholars. You will use standardized QuestBridge guidelines to provide an effective review on their biographical essay, which is the same essay students can use as high school seniors in applying for the National College Match.


As an Essay Coach, you would review and provide feedback on a minimum of 10 essays during a one month period (May - June 2018), but you are welcome to review more! All Essay Coaches must also attend an hour-long online training session.

Desired Qualifications

  • Ability to provide constructive and comprehensive feedback on essay mechanics, such as grammar, content, flow, tone, and sentence structure.
  • Experience with writing and/or editing.
  • Motivation to see high-achieving, low-income students succeed.
  • Sensitivity to students from diverse backgrounds and a strong track record of handling personal information and situations.


  • $50.00 for a mandatory hour-long training session and sample coaching exercise.
  • $2.00 per essay reviewed (minimum of 10 essays). 
  • Compensation will be processed only upon the successful completion of training and submission of essay reviews.

Important Dates

  • Application deadline: March 11, 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time.  This application is currently closed.
  • Essay Coach selection notification: End of March.
  • Mandatory 1-hour online training sessions: Offered in April, dates TBD.
  • Essay review period: Early May through early June.