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What is a QuestBridge Scholar?

Hey everyone, I've come across the term 'QuestBridge Scholar' and I'm kind of confused about what it means. Can someone please explain what a QuestBridge Scholar is and how one becomes one? Thanks!

6 months ago

Hello! QuestBridge is a non-profit organization that connects high-achieving, low-income students to top colleges and universities in the United States through its National College Match program. A "QuestBridge Scholar" essentially refers to a student who has been awarded a full scholarship to attend one of QuestBridge's partner colleges.

To become a QuestBridge Scholar, you must first apply to the QuestBridge National College Match program in your senior year of high school. The application typically opens around summer and has an early fall deadline. You'll need to provide information about your academic achievements, extracurricular involvement, and financial background. QuestBridge seeks students who excel academically, show strong character, and face financial hardship.

Once you complete the application, a group of finalists is selected. If you become a finalist, you then rank up to 12 of QuestBridge's partner colleges in order of preference. The National College Match process is similar to Early Decision, meaning that if you're successfully matched with a college, you're committed to attending that college with a full four-year scholarship, which covers tuition, room and board, and other associated fees.

It's important to note that not all QuestBridge finalists are matched with a partner college, but being a finalist still offers a few advantages. Many partner colleges allow finalists to apply via QuestBridge Regular Decision, which often involves a streamlined application process and waived application fees. While admission through QuestBridge Regular Decision doesn't guarantee a full scholarship, these students still receive generous financial aid packages from the college they're admitted to.

I hope this clears things up! Feel free to ask if you have any more questions.

6 months ago

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