Quest for Excellence: NYC Award

The Quest for Excellence New York City Award gives high-achieving, low-income high school juniors in New York City access to summer enrichment and travel programs, technology, professional networking, and academic opportunities, to help strengthen their college outlook. This initiative is made possible through the generosity of the Heckscher Foundation for Children, additional foundations, and individuals.

College Prep Scholars selected for the New York City Award will receive:

  • One-on-one essay support during the fall college application cycle
  • Access to additional funds for testing, financial aid, and score reporting fees
  • Professional lunches and networking events
  • College visit trips with other New York City Awardees
  • A supportive cohort of students to work with throughout your college application process
  • A dedicated QuestBridge staff member to answer your questions

Additional Awards:

Select NYC Award recipients may also receive:

  • A new laptop computer, iPad, or other tablet
  • Private tutoring and educational resources for standardized tests (ACT and SAT)

Who should apply

To apply, you should qualify for the College Prep Scholars Program and must permanently reside in one of the five boroughs of New York City.

How to apply

  1. Complete a College Prep Scholars Program application.
  2. In the “Personal” section, list your permanent address as being in NYC.
  3. In the “Awards” page of the application, respond to the Quest for Excellence NYC Award prompt.

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