Quest for Excellence: STEM

The Quest for Excellence STEM Award gives high-achieving, low-income high school juniors and seniors with career interests in the sciences, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics access to residential summer enrichment programs, grants for technology and supplies, funding for college visits, as well as opportunities to engage with industry leaders. 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.

National College Match Finalists selected for the Quest for Excellence STEM Award will receive:

  • $1,000 in technology (new computer, laptop, or table) OR
  • Up to $1,000 coverage in travel costs to QuestBridge college partners of your choice

How to Apply

  1. Start a National College Match application. Only students who rank schools through the National College Match and are selected as Finalists will be considered for this award.
  2. On the Manage page of your application, click the link for the Quest for Excellence Award supplement and answer the essay prompt(s) for the categories you’re interested in.
  3. Complete and submit the National College Match application by September 27, 2016.
  4. Complete and submit the Quest for Excellence Award supplement by its deadline (mid November).
  5. If you have additional questions about the Quest for Excellence STEM Award, please send inquiries to

2016 College Prep Scholars selected for the Quest for Excellence STEM Award received:

Access to exclusive webinars and Q&A with industry leaders at top companies, including Microsoft AND