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 programs, technology, 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 Quest for Excellence New York City Award will receive:

  • An invitation to one of our National College Admissions Conferences where you will attend workshops led by college admissions officers and QuestBridge staff

  • Reimbursement for upcoming college application fees, including standardized testing and official test score reports (up to $100)


  • High school juniors who permanently reside in one of the five boroughs of New York City.
  • Qualified academically and financially as a QuestBridge College Prep Scholar.

How to apply

  1. Start a College Prep Scholars Program application.
  2. In the Personal page, list your permanent address as being in NYC.
  3. In the Awards page of the application, go to the Quest for Excellence Awards section and select the box under "New York City Award".
  4. Complete the Quest for Excellence New York City Award short essay.
  5. Complete and submit the College Prep Scholars Program application by the deadline (Wednesday, March 21, 2018).

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