Quest for Excellence: STEM

The Quest for Excellence STEM Award for high-achieving, low-income high school juniors with career interests in the sciences, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics gives awardees up to $1,000 to support their STEM pursuits and path to college. These awards are intended to encourage and support students in pursuing and succeeding in a variety of STEM fields in college and beyond. This initiative is made possible through the generosity of several donors.

College Prep Scholars selected for the Quest for Excellence STEM Award will receive:

Up to $1,000 for:

  • A new laptop
  • Coverage in travel costs to QuestBridge college partners
  • Resources to enhance the student's college application (online courses, test prep, test registration fees, and more)

Select awardees will also receive a full scholarship to the online Pioneer Academics Research Program.*

*The Pioneer Academics Research Program offers college-level research opportunities to exceptional, motivated high school students globally. Selected students work one-on-one with leading professors in cutting-edge study of their interests, culminating in original research and authoritative evaluations from their professors. The Program is conducted entirely online, allowing high school students from all over the world to participate. Students from 22 countries researching more than 20 academic areas have participated in the Program in the past five years.


High school juniors who:

  • Have special skills and interest interests in the sciences, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics
  • 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 "STEM" and complete the short essay.
  3. If you are interested in being considered for the online summer program, select the corresponding box and answer the additional prompts at the bottom of the page.
  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 STEM Award will be notified by late June. If you have additional questions about the Quest for Excellence STEM Award, please send inquiries to