Become a leader for positive change with the Bezos Scholars Program

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The Bezos Scholar Program is a year-long leadership development program that amplifies youth voice and action.

Program at a Glance

Each spring, 30 top high school juniors and exceptional educators from across the U.S. and Africa are selected as Bezos Scholars. After spending a week immersed in learning at the Aspen Ideas Festival, they return home to inspire local action by developing a community change project that combines Scholars unique interests with a defined community need.

The Bezos Scholars Program has built a strong network of alumni and provides opportunities for them to connect, get inspired, and further develop their leadership skills.

Spring 2020 Local Ideas Festivals June 22-28, 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival April 2019 Scholars Selected February 8, 2019 Application Due October 2018 Application Opens Beyond During Before
Beyond During Before Spring 2020 Local Ideas Festivals June 22-28, 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival April 2019 Scholars Selected February 8, 2019 Application Due October 2018 Application Opens

Who?

Scholars are teams of rising high school seniors who have demonstrated accomplishment, embraced new challenges, and aspire to lead change in their community.

Meet our Scholars

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What?

24 Student and Educator Scholars from across the U.S. and 6 from the African Leadership Academy are selected every year. After being immersed in learning at the Aspen Ideas Festival the scholars return home to inspire action in their schools, communities, and beyond.

Discover the Aspen Ideas Festival

How?

Upon returning home, Scholars are tasked with developing and executing their own community change project, known as a Local Ideas Festival (LIF). Scholars have taken on a diverse range of issues—clean water access, voter registration, STEM education, youth literacy, and more.

See our Impact

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