Quest for Excellence: Fein Fellows

The Fein Fellows Award supports high-achieving high school juniors from low-income backgrounds with an interest in Jewish culture, values, and community. This award is generously funded by the Edward Fein Foundation. Each year, up to 50 Fein Fellows are selected.

Awards for College Prep Scholars selected for the Quest for Excellence Fein Fellows Award include:

  • $1,000 in technology (new computer, tablet, or laptop)
  • Personalized essay feedback from a trained QuestBridge advisor
  • An invitation to a QuestBridge National College Admissions Conference at one of our college partners' campuses

In addition, a select number of Fein Fellows will receive a full scholarship to the High School Summer Pre-College Program hosted by Brandeis University. Genesis is a three-week program for highly motivated high school students who are academically curious, open minded and interested in pluralistic Jewish learning and living.

Download the 2024 Fein Fellows Award Flyer


High school juniors who:

  • Are interested in Jewish culture, values, and community
  • Are academically and financially qualified as a QuestBridge College Prep Scholar

How to Apply

  1. Start a College Prep Scholars Program application.
  2. On the Quest for Excellence Awards page, select the box under "Fein Fellows" and complete the short essay.
  3. If you are interested in being considered for the Genesis summer program, select the corresponding box and answer the additional prompt. 
  4. Complete and submit the College Prep Scholars Program application by the deadline.

If selected as a College Prep Scholar, recipients of the Quest for Excellence Fein Fellows Award will be notified by late June. If you have additional questions about the Quest for Excellence Fein Fellows Award, please send inquiries to


The Edward Fein Foundation is the vision of Edward Fein. Born in Brooklyn, New York, to Jewish immigrant parents, Edward Fein built a successful career on Wall Street as a financial analyst and stockbroker. Retired since 1972, he relocated to the West Coast and developed an interest in helping others pursue their educational dreams. Edward Fein was the first visionary to understand and support the power of the College Prep Scholars Program and Quest for Excellence Awards to help talented low-income students.

His foundation, the Edward Fein Foundation, recognizes the responsibilities that come with success and has focused on issues of access to education and leadership opportunities, and has a particular interest in Jewish continuity and education. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting innovative educational programs that support its vision, including Taglit-Birthright Israel, which provides the gift of first time, peer group, educational trips to Israel for Jewish young adults ages 18 to 26. The Foundation also supports the Genesis Program at Brandeis University among many others.

The Fein Fellows Award was launched in 2008. Since that time, the program has served over 725 students nationally.