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QuestBridge Scholarship

What is QuestBridge?

QuestBridge is a non-profit organization that has worked since 1994 to connect bright, motivated low-income students with educational and scholarship opportunities at some of the nation's best colleges and universities.

QuestBridge offers two programs for high school students:
  1. The College Prep Scholarship for juniors who are preparing for the college application process
  2. The National College Match for seniors applying to college

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What is the QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship?

Through QuestBridge's College Prep Scholarship, more than 1,500 high-achieving low-income juniors will be selected as College Prep Scholars to receive awards designed to help them become successful applicants to top colleges.

High school juniors who complete our free, online application (available in February each year) are eligible for a range of awards. All of the awards are designed to prepare students to make the most of their chances in the college admissions process. The awards include:
  • Full scholarships to summer programs at leading universities such as Brandeis, Emory, Harvard, Notre Dame, Stanford, Penn, and Yale
  • Invitations to attend the annual QuestBridge College Admissions Conferences, where students can meet college admissions officers and attend workshops on applying to leading colleges as low-income students
  • Individualized college counseling provided by QuestBridge staff and current Quest Scholars
  • All-expense-paid visits to partner college campuses
  • Tele-mentoring with Amherst College students about the college admissions process
What is the QuestBridge National College Match?

The QuestBridge National College Match helps outstanding low-income high school seniors gain admission and full four-year scholarships to some of the nation's most selective colleges.

QuestBridge works with over 33 partner colleges that actively seek students who have overcome economic obstacles to achieve academic success. The QuestBridge application provides admissions officers with a fuller picture of students' unique circumstances and accomplishments. If a student is admitted to a partner college through the College Match, the college will provide a scholarship that covers the full cost of tuition, room, and board, typically worth around $200,000 or more.

Even though the "sticker price" of attending many private colleges is quite high, QuestBridge's partner colleges offer generous financial aid packages that cover 100% of demonstrated financial need, making them very affordable for low-income students. In 2011, 321 students gained admission and full scholarships to leading colleges through the College Match, and we anticipate over 1,300 more QuestBridge applicants will be admitted to our partner colleges via the regular admissions process with generous financial aid.

Eligibility Requirements:

While there are no absolute academic or financial cut-offs, the majority of successful applicants share the following characteristics:
  • They are in the top 5% or 10% of their class.
  • They have strong grades in challenging classes and high standardized test scores.
  • Their household income is less than $60,000 a year, and often less than $50,000 a year.
  • Often they are among the first generation in their family to attend college.

The College Prep Scholarship Application Process:

High school juniors can apply to the College Prep Scholarship through a free online application. The application allows you to apply to multiple awards at once.  The application becomes available in early February and is due in March.

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The National College Match Application Process:

High school seniors can apply for the National College Match starting in August.  The National College Match application requires you to provide extensive information on your academic accomplishments and financial background, as well as write three essays, complete short answer questions, and gather two letters of recommendation, a Secondary School Report (counselor recommendation), a transcript, and test score reports.  There are two ways to apply:
  1. The National College Match allows you to apply to up to 8 of our partner colleges by using one application. You will be asked to rank these colleges in order of your preference. The National College Match application is due on September 27, 2018.
  2. The QuestBridge Regular Decision process allows you to apply to any or all of our partner colleges through a traditional regular decision process. You may choose not to rank colleges for the College Match process and only apply to our partner colleges for Regular Decision. Or, if you apply for the College Match and are not selected for a match scholarship, you can request to have your application forwarded to our partner colleges for Regular Decision.
In order to participate in the Regular Decision process, you must submit your National College Match application by September 27, 2018.

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Questbridge FAQ page for students who are not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident:

Previous Lane Tech Winners:

 Student Class Year
 Omar Salinas    2018 University of Chicago
 Adrian Rivas2018 Stanford University
 Jorge Sanchez2017 University of Chicago
 Kristen Noble2017 University of Chicago
 Christopher Obiozor2016 Columbia University
 Faraaz Beyabani2016 Northwestern University
 Diana Sanchez2016 University of Chicago
 Gouchan Zhang2016 University of Chicago
 Araceli Martinez2015 University of Chicago
 Paul Alves2015 University of Chicago
 John "Jack" Villegas   2015 University of Chicago
 Ayesha Siddiqui2015 University of Chicago
 Nushrat Jahan    2014 University of Chicago
 Ivan Gutierez2014 University of Chicago
 Jasmine Huerta2014 Amherst College
 Miguel Ortega
2013 University of Chicago
 Besim Becoja    
2013 Northwestern University