The application period for the 2018 Bezos Scholars Program has closed. Please check back in November 2018 for more information about the upcoming application cycle.
Bezos Scholars hail from rural Texas, Morocco, the Bronx, Zimbabwe—and everywhere in between. What they share is a rich diversity of experience, thought, and passion for making a difference.
To start an application, you must first affirm eligibility and create a profile. Your profile allows you to save and return to your application any time prior to the deadline. Once you submit your application, it can no longer be edited. The application contains two parts:
This part includes basic background information, school details, coursework, standardized test scores, extra-curricular activities, and three written responses. Be sure to have unofficial copies of transcripts and test scores to upload.
In order to demonstrate support for your application, your school principal must complete a short form with information about your school.
You must also nominate an educator to partner with you as a Scholar; the educator will join you in Aspen and support you in the year to come.
You must identify two people to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf. You might consider asking a teacher, mentor, or community member to submit a letter of recommendation.
Links are provided in the application for you to send the online forms directly to these individuals.
Please note that it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that your principal, educator, and those submitting letters of recommendation do so before the application deadline.
A selection committee—comprised of a diverse group of leaders in education, global advocacy, science, design, media, and youth leadership—select finalists based on academic rigor, strength of written responses, demonstrated leadership, community engagement, and letters of recommendation.
This was truly a life-changing experience. I left Aspen knowing I now have a family that will always support me, and feeling confident that my fellow Scholars are making a tangible difference in the world. – Eric Tran, 2017 Bezos Scholar