Questbridge Scholarships

QuestBridge provides college scholarships to high school seniors. These scholarships are open to students who apply to the Match process through QuestBridge and who plan to attend one of QuestBridge’s 38 partner institutions. Students can be considered regardless of whether they apply for early decision or regular decision. However, students are required to rank their college choices.

The College Match Scholarship provides one of the most coveted awards: a full ride scholarship for four years. The value of this award is more than $200,000 per recipient. These scholarships are funded through QuestBridge partner institutions and are funded through school specific funds, federal funding, and state aid. The packages are unique in that students are not required to take out loans and parents are not expected to contribute one cent. The school to which the student is accepted will cover the cost of books and school supplies, tuition and student fees, travel expenses, and room and board.

In order to obtain more information about the application process, students can proceed to this website. First time users will be required to create an account prior to starting the online application. However, returning users can simply log into their application to continue it. The first step in the process in to apply to the National College Match. Secondly, students will be required to rank their preference of QuestBridge Colleges that they are applying to. In the third step, students find out if they have received early admission with a full ride scholarship. Some second chance scholarships are offered through the QuestBridge Regular Decision process.

One important aspect to note is that this process is only open to schools and colleges that are a member of the QuestBridge community. However, this list includes well-known universities, such as Brown University, Stanford University, Dartmouth College, Tufts University, Vanderbilt University, and Yale University. A full list of participating institutions can be found at the bottom of this website.

Students who are interested in applying to this scholarship may want to spend some time exploring the website. Students can see profiles of previous scholarships and their statistics at this link. In addition to completing an online application, students are required to submit a number of other documents prior to the September 27th deadline. This includes two letters of recommendation, a school profile, a secondary school report, a high school guidance counselor recommendation letter, brief essays and responses to short questions, and scores from ACT, SAT, or AP exams. Full information regarding the application process can be found here.

Students often wonder what timeline they should adhere to when applying to scholarships. Luckily, the QuestBridge has created an easy to follow timeline for applicants, which can be viewed here. In general, the application cycle opens over the summer and the application is due at the end of September. By mid-October, students should rank their colleges in order of preference. Finalists are chosen approximately one week and the college rankings are submitted. Finalists should submit their required information in November.