Quest for Excellence: USA

The Quest for Excellence USA Award is a new award from QuestBridge that celebrates the rich heritage and variety of communities throughout the United States of America. This award will recognize and honor one top high-achieving, low-income high school junior from every state. We encourage students interested in any academic discipline, from all backgrounds to apply for the Quest for Excellence USA Award. In our selection process, we will be looking for students who show a strong potential to be admitted to one of the nation’s top colleges, and who demonstrate a deep commitment to the health, vibrancy, and well-being of their region or state. This initiative is made possible through the generosity of several donors.

View the 2017 Quest for Excellence USA Flyer

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

  • Up to $1,000 in technology (new computer, tablet, or laptop)
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • 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 U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, or undocumented students, living permanently in their home state. International students living outside the U.S. are not eligible.
  • 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 USA 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 USA Award will be notified via email.  If you have additional questions about the Quest for Excellence USA Award, please send inquiries to