Quest for Excellence: New Americans

The Quest for Excellence New Americans Award is a new offering from QuestBridge for high-achieving, low-income students who immigrated to the United States, or whose parents immigrated to United States. This award honors students who grew up in families that moved away from their country of origin, and made the United States their new home. We encourage eligible students from any country and any academic interest to apply. In our selection process, we will be looking for students who show strong potential to be admitted to one of the nation’s top colleges, and who demonstrate exceptional academic and personal achievement, depth of character, and thoughtful written reflections on their experiences as a first- or second-generation American. The Quest for Excellence New Americans Award is made possible through the generosity of several donors.

All College Prep Scholars selected for the Quest for Excellence New Americans Award will receive:

  • Up to $1,000 in technology (new computer, tablet, or laptop) 
  • College essay feedback from a trained coach and an online Essay Launch Course from Story2.* (Service valued at $299.)

*Story2 is an online platform that has helped more than 50,000 diverse students plan, organize, and complete successful college admission and scholarship essays. Story2 breaks writing down into manageable steps and teaches students to achieve writing mastery through gamified online practice. Through an exclusive partnership with QuestBridge, Quest for Excellence Award winners will receive written essay feedback from a trained Story2 coach, as well as access to the EssayBuilder Launch Course and platform.


  • High school juniors who are immigrants themselves, or children of immigrants to the United States.
  • U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, or undocumented students living permanently in one of the 50 United States or U.S. territories.
  • Qualified academically and financially as a QuestBridge College Prep Scholar.

How to Apply

  1. Start a College Prep Scholars Program application. 
  2. In the “Awards” page of the application, complete the Quest for Excellence New Americans Award short essays.  

  3. Complete and submit the College Prep Scholars Program application by the deadline (Wednesday, March 22, 2017).

If selected as a College Prep Scholar, recipients of the Quest for Excellence New Americans Award will be notified via email. If you have additional questions about the Quest for Excellence New Americans Award, please send inquiries to