ScholarshipName: QuestBridge National College Match Program
Description: Now here is a truly incredible opportunity. I did some digging to make sure that QuestBridge is legitimate, and it sure seems to be! QuestBridge helps academically outstanding, low-income high school seniors to gain admission and receive full ride four-year scholarships to some of America’ s most selective private colleges. Low income is generally defined as a family income of less than $60,000 per year, although QuestBridge is open to considering students from families with higher adjusted gross incomes if you can provide a compelling explanation of your financial need. Scholarships cover the full cost of tuition, from $30,000 to $40,000 per year, depending on the college; plus the full cost of room and board, from $9,000 to $15,000 per year, depending on the college. Most partner colleges provide completing scholarships to cover books and supplies, health insurance, and a work-study package for living expenses. In other words & winners of the QuestBridge truly enjoy a completely paid-for, elite college experience, without having to take out any college loans. QuestBridge scholars also enjoy leadership retreats, academic mentoring, access to graduate and professional opportunities, and other development programs throughout their college degree and beyond. Participating colleges are: Amherst College, Bowdoin College, Caltech, University of Chicago, Columbia University, Emory University, Haverford College, MIT, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, Oberlin College, Parsons The New School for Design, University of Pennsylvania, Pomona College, Princeton University, Rice University, Stanford University, Scripps College, Swarthmore College, Trinity College,Vassar College, Wellesley College, Wesleyan University, Williams College, Yale University
Award: Full ride
Awards per Year: 260
Award is Open to: High School Seniors
Major/Field of Study: Open
How to Apply/Contact: QuestBridge details the entire selection criteria and application process on their website.
See also: Prestigious Scholarships
Scholarship Name: Davidson Fellows
Description: This major scholarship program (awards go up to $50,000) really target the “talented and gifted” among us. Only students who have already made major achievements in Science, Math, Literature, Philosophy or Technology, before the age of 18, are considered for the prize. Students who have received the awards in the past include master harpists, and a student who made major strides in the field on bone marrow donation.
Award: up to $50,000
Awards per year: 20
Award is Open to: High School Students
Major/Field of Study: Literature, Math, Science, Technology, Philosophy, Music
How to Apply/Contact: The Davidson Fellows application requires you to have thought through what kind of project you will undertake, and the project will be graded by a panel of judges. Learn more about the criteria by clicking here.
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