Questbridge is a non-profit program that links students with educational scholarship opportunities at some USA colleges and universities. While it provides a college prep scholarship for high school juniors, it also provides a National College Match Program for high school seniors.
Questbridge started in 1987 at the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program (SMYSP). By 2004 it became Questbridge Program after the founder, Micael McCullough realized that the internet was a great tool to recruit promising low-income students.
This article from the World Scholarship Forum brings together all the requirements, procedures and application process to be a recipient of this scholarship.
- Level of Study: Undergraduate
- Institution(s): 40 prestigious colleges and universities
- Study in: USA
- Program Period: Four years
- Deadline: September 26, 2022
Schools/Colleges Part of the National College Match
California Institute of Technology
Claremont McKenna College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Chicago
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of Southern California
University of Virginia
Washington and Lee University
Washington University in St. Louis
QuestBridge college partner that covers the cost of attendance, including:
- Tuition and fees
- Room and board
- Books and supplies
- Travel expenses
Required Language(s): English
Eligible Countries: USA (U.S. citizen or permanent resident or a high school student, regardless of citizenship, attending high school in the U.S.)
Primarily A’s in the most challenging courses available (usually including Honors, AP, or IB level courses)
SAT or PSAT scores over 1310
ACT composite scores above 28
Class rank in the top 5-10% of the graduating class
Evidence of strong writing ability, intellectual spark, and determination through essays and recommendation letters.
Although these are not strict parameters, and each applicant will be considered in its own context, these numbers should give you a good idea of what QuestBridge is looking for in a student.
How to Apply for QuestBridge Scholarships
Please follow the following application instructions to apply for Quest Bridge scholarships:
National College Match’s online application, which includes two essays and short answer questions
Two letters of recommendation from teachers in core academic subjects
A Secondary School Report from your high school counselor
A School Profile (optional, but recommended)
A high school transcript
Any standardized test scores. SAT and/or ACT test scores highly recommended.
At the end of September, applicants submit their applications. In October, applicants will rank up to 12 college partners for consideration. Later in October, applicants will be notified whether they have been selected to be finalists. Finalists will proceed to submit additional materials for the specific colleges they have ranked. In December, those who have matched with a college can relax in knowing that they have a full four-year scholarship to their college!
Applicants who were not selected in October to be finalists, as well as applicants who did not match with a college can apply again and to additional schools as part of Quest Bridge Regular Decision without any application fees.