Quest for Excellence: NYC Award

The Quest for Excellence NYC Award gives high-achieving, low-income high school juniors in New York City access to summer enrichment programs and academic opportunities, to help strengthen their college outlook. This initiative is made possible through the generosity of the Heckscher Foundation for Children, additional foundations, and individuals.

College Prep Scholars selected for the Quest for Excellence NYC Award will receive:

  • An invitation to one of our National College Admissions Conferences where students will attend workshops led by college admissions officers and QuestBridge staff

  • Reimbursement for upcoming college application fees, including standardized testing and official test score reports (up to $100)


  • High school juniors who permanently reside in one of the five boroughs of New York City.
  • Qualified academically and financially as a QuestBridge College Prep Scholar.

How to apply

  1. Start a College Prep Scholars Program application.
  2. In the Personal page, list your permanent address as being in New York City.
  3. On the Quest for Excellence Awards page, select the box under "NYC" and complete the short essays.
  4. Complete and submit the College Prep Scholars Program application by the deadline (Wednesday, March 20, 2019).

If selected as a College Prep Scholar, recipients of the Quest for Excellence NYC Award will be notified by late June. If you have additional questions about the Quest for Excellence NYC Award, please send inquiries to