Davidson College

QuestBridge Scholars Network at Davidson

Welcome to the Davidson College QSN Chapter Page! The mission of our Davidson QuestBridge Scholars Network is to work as a support system for high-achieving, low-income students. We cultivate an environment where students can openly discuss socioeconomic issues on a top-tier liberal arts college campus. Scholars also commit to raising awareness about socioeconomic diversity on campus and the growing presence of low-income students. Scholars conceptualize and partake in community service as a way to remain active within the local community. Although our chapter was charted only three years ago, we have accomplished respectable feats. Starting out with only thirteen members, we now have over seventy students in our chapter. We became a recognized organization on campus last year, only one year after our start as QSN Chapter.

We have collaborated with many different organizations, especially in our Privilege Walk, when we worked with the Black Student Coalition, Asian Culture and Awareness Association, Organization of Latin American Students, Middle Eastern and North African Student Association, Divest Davidson, Chidsey Leadership Center, and a few others. We are also officially sponsored by Davidson’s Center for Civic Engagement. Over the course of our three years, we have formed multiple lasting relationships with influential offices as well as student-led organizations on campus. We have strong ties with the center for Civic Engagement, Career Services, the Multicultural Center, as well as many of the deans of students. We have close ties with the admissions office as we have coordinated with them on welcome events for the new QuestBridge Scholars. Our students are very engaged and active on our campus life; additionally, a few of our students also have lead workshops in local high schools in the area about college admissions and writing college essays. Being at Davidson College means that each student matters and is not just another statistic. Our various programs and organizations match different interests and talents.

Our chapter has a successful Quest Mentoring program where our families offer tremendous support and guidance to first-year QuestBridge Scholars and meet on a frequent basis. We also have bi-weekly meetings as an entire chapter, and each year, we have two major campus-wide events: one in the fall semester and the other in the spring semester. Our fall event is a clothing drive for Crisis Assistance. As a chapter, we decorate cardboard boxes with holiday themes and distribute them out while hanging posters all throughout our campus. After a few weeks, we collect the boxes and donate all the clothes to Crisis Assistance. In the spring, we have our Privilege Walk. With the help of different organizations on campus, we create a walk around our main Chambers Building to demonstrate inequalities and privileges within our student body and how to have conversations around differences in race, gender, sex, and socioeconomic status.

We’re glad you are considering Davidson College and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.