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Quest Scholars Program

Rating: 5 stars   9 reviews 365

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth, Education

Address:

120 Hawthorne Ave. Suite 103 Palo Alto CA 94301 USA

Mission:

QuestBridge provides a single, internet-based meeting point which links exceptional students with the colleges, scholarship providers, employers, and organizations seeking students who have excelled despite obstacles. By facilitating these exchanges, QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented, low-income students attending the nation’s best universities and to ultimately impact the face of leadership in America. QuestBridge takes a three-prong approach beginning with high school recruitment in the sophomore year and extending through college graduation. Project Approach – • QuestBridge College Prep Scholarship orients bright high school juniors and their parents to the college application and financial aid processes.  Parents often discourage their children from applying to top private schools because they fear the cost of private school.  Private schools, though, are often more affordable than state schools because of generous financial aid.  • QuestBridge College Match uses a single, free online application process to match students with top colleges nationwide that offer full or nearly full four year scholarship to our applicants.  QuestBridge operates on a scale unavailable to any single high school guidance counselor or any single college to match the best students in the nation with the best schools in the nation. • The Quest Scholars Network facilitates campus events, leadership retreats, internships, and research fellowships to equip students for success during and after college. 

Results:

Quest began in 1994 as a five-week intensive summer enrichment program on the Stanford campus.  The program provided high-potential, underserved high school students with personal direction, and skills to construct and achieve their dreams.  After ten years the program had become national in scope and placed over 285 students into top colleges (the majority in Stanford or Harvard), while maintaining a 99% college graduation rate.  In 2003 Quest’s became QuestBridge: a unique intermediary between the nation’s brightest, under-served youth and leading institutions of higher education.  Since then QuestBridge has demonstrated proof of concept through continuous, significant expasion.  QuestBridge is funded through foundations, private individuals, and our partner colleges.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

We have partnered with over 25 of the top, private colleges and universities to provide over 1000 bright, low-income youth with full or nearly full 4-year scholarships each year.

Geographic areas served:

United States

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a single-mom-by-choice who didn't complete my education and have suffered the consequences of not doing so. I have spent my career thus far helping people. I am a credentialed Substance Abuse Counselor in the State I reside in, and have spent the majority of my career working with and helping people who society often avoids dealing with for many reasons, most of which I believe are classist, racist, and sexist in nature. My favorite population are adolescents-and I am in the minority for them being a popular demographic. I've worked primarily in the inner-city, with kids of color, from all different cultures (I speak Spanish fluently as well as some French), and while I have gained an incredible amount of professional and personal satisfaction doing so, the money isn't very good. I have gone back to school several times, but need advanced degrees which I don't have in order to make a better living. My daughter, who is bi-racial, has been raised most unconventionally, but with a true sense of empathy, fairness, and justice...seeing the corruption of these in systems we are both a part of is frightening and at the same time has made her stronger, providing perserverance and a drive to excel. I have been bothering the guidance counselor at her school for years about scholarships, knowing I would not have money to pay for college, yet feeling I owe my daughter the chance to go to school. Despite some real issues and setbacks, she is overall an A student who has attended 5 college classes while in High School, and who is one of the smartest, talented, and engaging young ladies I know--and it's not just because she's my kid even though I am biased. I bothered and bothered the counselor who, because of this, went out of his way not to help my daughter (she and I found an SAT Prep Class she won a scholarship to, and she and I found whatever information we could on our own-we were never told about some standardized tests that are required, my daughter, despite my asking the guidance counselor and administration of her school to please nominate her, was deliberately not nominated for another program I'd heard of, but that's OK) until this Spring, 2 weeks before the deadline, he forwarded an e-mail from QuestBridge that said "Last chance for College Juniors to apply for Questbridge's Prep Scholarships". In 10 days my daughter completed the application and a month later found out she had won not one, but all three awards she had applied for and qualified for! We are now in the process of the College Match Scholarship Program application which is arduous, but I never believed anything like QB was possible--in my heart I know my daughter has a good chance to be accepted into a Top Tier or Ivy League College, all expenses paid, because she has earned it and deserves it. I keep telling her she can do it--when she's crying about her essays and lack of support from school I tell her she can do it; when she is overcome by insecurity and self-doubt I tell her she can do it. I know she can, and I know QuestBridge is the only way this could happen for her. Please, if you have a high achieving child and you don't make a lot of money, got to Questbridge's website. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. It is a lot of work, but it is worth it. I wish I was in a position to work for QB myself and help kids find their way into a situation like this. Regardless, we will both be giving back what has been offered to my daughter...neither of us will break our promises to help when we can. I am incredibly grateful and humbled by the generosity of spirit that made this whole organization exist. Thank you! We'll see what happens this Fall!!!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

try and make sure as many public schools are reached in person--hopefully speaking directly to the kids, because the guidance counseling staff are often unreliable; I would be thrilled to help. We got lucky- and right before the deadline. I wonder how many other kids like my daughter weren't told about QuestBridge here in New York City because of poor dissemination of information or a plain lack of care....

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Quest Scholars Program really helped me get a head start on my college applications and helped me along the way to improve my applications and fill in the blanks that I had trouble with. Thanks the Quest Scholars Program, I am in much better standing to become a QuestBridge National College Match Recipient than I would be otherwise. I'm very thankful for all the help Quest Scholars has given me.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Because of quest bridge, many talented, low-income students will be able to attend some of the nation's top colleges.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Quest Scholars Program links high-achieving low-income students with educational and scholarship opportunities at leading U.S. colleges and universities. They do an amazing job guiding students through the process of applying to colleges!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Incredibly helpful in getting kids with financial limitations to apply and enter prestigious universities and colleges.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

I interview QuestBridge candidates for Yale. I have interviewed 4 match candidates in the last 5 days. I am impressed with the qualifications of the students. I am touched by their stories of financial distress and the stories of their lives and their parent's lives. I am heartened by the possibility that almost 1 of 8 of these candidates make get their dream and have a QuestBridge education. Thank you.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Thanks to QuestBridge, my son is a student at Yale. QuestBridge provided him with the information and impetus (and fee waivers) that enabled him to apply to top colleges. Clearly, it has changed his life.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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7 people found this review helpful

Through a QuestBridge College Match I am now able to go to my dream school on a full ride scholarship. The staff was always helpful and courteous and they truly gave me hope that I would be able to attend college. QuestBridge changed my life and is the best thing that ever happened to me.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

receiving a full scholarship to a top-ranked university.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how helpful and kind the staff was. They always patiently and promptly answered any questions I had.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

AMAZING!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the world.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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8 people found this review helpful

The Quest Scholars Program connected me to Stanford University and I received a full 4 year scholarship through this program. When I first heard about the program it seemed to good to be true, but after talking to my high school counselor I was reassured that this program was not a scam and worth pursuing. The Quest Team was helpful during the application process and answered all my questions via phone and email. The program has been a blessing to me and my family.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

receiving a full 4 year scholarship to a top-tiered university.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the energy and guidance from the Quest Team.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, and willing to answer all my questions.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

connect thousands more low income students to great universities.

Ways to make it better...

there was a more effective way in communicating the genuinity of the program.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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