We are now accepting applications for the Bezos Scholars Program 2017 cohort. Applicants are public high school juniors who meet the below criteria.
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 begin, you will need to affirm your eligibility by completing the Scholar Agreement, which will allow you to create a profile. After you create a profile, you can save and return to your application any time prior to the deadline. Once you have submitted your application, you are no longer able to edit. The application contains two parts:
We ask you for basic background information, school details, coursework, test scores, extra-curricular activities you participate in, and three written responses. Be sure to have your transcripts and test scores to upload for the completion of Part One.
Here, we ask you to identify two people to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf. You might consider asking a teacher, mentor, or community member to complete the recommendation forms. Please note that it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that recommenders have enough time to complete the forms and submit them before the application deadline. Links will be provided for you to send the forms directly to these individuals within the online application.
We also want to hear from your principal, as well as the educator that you and your principal are nominating to support you in the coming year. Again, please be mindful that it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the principal and educator nominee have enough time to complete the forms and submit them before the application deadline. Links will be provided for you to send the forms directly to these individuals within the online application.
A committee—comprised of a diverse group of leaders in education, global advocacy, science, design, media, and youth leadership—will select finalists based on academic rigor, written responses, demonstrated leadership, community engagement, and submitted recommendations.
I left Aspen a changed person. I realized how much I still need to learn, how many more people I want to connect with, and how much I need to grow. – Ana Acevedo, 2016 Student Scholar