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February 10, 2017 Newsletter for Juniors

QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program

The 2017 College Prep Scholars Program application is now open!

The QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program gives outstanding low-income high school juniors an early advantage in college admissions.

College Prep Scholars are uniquely prepared to gain admission and full scholarships to top-tier colleges through QuestBridge. The majority are also selected as Finalists for the National College Match. Being selected as a College Prep Scholar is a notable distinction that celebrates your achievements and gives you an early start in applying to college.

Academic Criteria

Grades and rigor of high school curriculum - Mostly A's in the most challenging courses available (usually including Honors, and AP courses.)


Class rank - Top 5-10% of your graduating class.


Standardized test scores - PSAT or SAT scores > 1270, ACT composite score > 26

We also recommend submitting any AP and/or SAT Subject Test scores.


Additional Criteria - We also look for evidence of strong writing ability, intellectual spark, and determination through essays and teacher/counselor recommendations.

Financial Qualifications

Finalists typically come from households earning less than $65,000 annually for a family of four. This is not a strict cut-off and we encourage students who feel they have faced significant financial hardship to review these financial details carefully to see if they may qualify.

Personal Circumstances

Parents' level of education - Many past College Prep Scholars are among the first generation in their family to attend a U.S. four-year college.


Extenuating circumstances - If students have an unusual level of responsibility, such as part-time jobs to help their parents pay the bills, or caring for siblings if their parents are absent or at work.


Extracurricular achievements - Accomplishments and leadership roles in extracurricular and community activities.