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We are now accepting applications for the Bezos Scholars Program 2017 cohort. Applicants are public high school juniors who meet the below criteria.

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Become a Bezos Scholar

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.

Criteria

Applicants must attend a school that meets these criteria:

  • Public high school (including charter and magnet schools)
  • At least 30 percent of students are eligible for free/reduced price meals (firm cutoff)
  • In an effort to provide this opportunity to a broader number of schools, priority will be given to schools that have not had a Bezos Scholar in the previous two years

Applicants must meet these criteria:

  • Junior status during the 2016-17 academic year
  • Legal U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have received DACA status
  • Demonstration of leadership in one’s school and community
  • Have taken at least one of these tests: PSAT, SAT, ACT, or ACT Aspire
  • Be enrolled in, or have taken, one or more Advanced Placement (AP) classes, International Baccalaureate (IB) classes, or college-level courses
  • Availability to participate in all program dates, including June 24-30, 2017 in Aspen, Colorado

The Application Process

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:

Part One: Your Story

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.

Part Two: Your Support

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.

The Selection Process

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.

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Key Dates for Application Process

February 10, 2017

  • Applications due. Late applications will not be accepted. All pieces of the application, including letters of recommendation, the Principal’s Affirmation of Support, and the Educator Scholar Nominee form must be completed and submitted for the student’s application to be considered

March 2017

  • Finalists are notified by email and will be asked to schedule a telephone interview with the Bezos Scholars Program team
  • Telephone interviews with finalists are conducted

April 2017

  • Conditional acceptance of 12 finalists, contingent on the commitment of an educator
  • Alternates and all applicants will be notified of their status
  • Students accept or decline conditional acceptance
  • Educators of selected students are notified. Telephone interviews are conducted with Bezos Scholars Program team

May 2017

  • Educators accept or decline acceptance
  • Student and educator teams publicly announced

June 5-7, 2017

  • Orientation webinars

June 24-30, 2017

  • Bezos Scholars participate in the Aspen Ideas Festival and a week of leadership skills and team building in Aspen, CO
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

Join the Ripple Effect. Become a Bezos Scholar.

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