Become a leader for positive change with the Bezos Scholars Program.

TRANSFORMING IDEAS INTO ACTION

Our Next Generation Leaders

WHO ARE BEZOS SCHOLARS?

Bezos Scholars are united by a shared passion for making a difference and a desire to lead change. Scholars seek new challenges and respond with creativity, courage, and commitment.

Our Scholars travel from across the U.S. and the Africa Leadership Academy to spend a week immersed in learning at the Aspen Ideas Festival and return home to inspire action in their schools, communities, and beyond.

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Scholars from across the United States
Scholars from the African Leadership Academy
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Our Scholars bring passion and a fresh perspective to our world’s most pressing issues. This program allows young people and educators to make a lasting change in their communities and the world for years to come. – Jackie Bezos, President, Bezos Family Foundation

Cultivating Big Ideas

ASPEN IDEAS FESTIVAL

World-renowned speakers and thought leaders who have met with Scholars over the years
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Hours of personal and team leadership learning experiences

The Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado is an eye-opening experience for Scholars and their educators. Few such events allow young people to engage directly with global thought leaders—from scientists and artists to policy makers and activists. The week is filled with hands-on leadership skill-building, Socratic seminars led by acclaimed moderators, and bonding with fellow Scholars.

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Aspen changed me as a leader. It made me 10,000 times more confident in the way I connect with people. – Caitlyn Hess, 2017 Bezos Scholar

Transforming Communities

LOCAL IDEAS FESTIVALS

Upon returning home, Scholars are tasked with developing and executing their own community change project, known as a Local Ideas Festival (LIF). Scholars gain significant personal and team-based leadership skills through this project-based learning experience, which combines their unique passion with addressing a community need. With ongoing support from their educator and school administration, Scholars build a committed team to support their LIF, with a vision of affecting peers, their school, and the broader community for years to come.

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In seed funding awarded to a Scholar's school
Schools that have hosted Local Ideas Festivals
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Local Ideas Festivals are as varied and dynamic as the Scholars themselves. Many Festivals fall into one of the categories below, though we are always excited to see new Festivals break the mold!

Arts

Our Scholars embrace the power of the arts as a medium for dialogue, a tool for response and action, and a fun way to engage even the youngest members in the community.

Global Issues

From World Water Week to women’s rights, our Scholars engage and motivate their communities around global issues—building awareness and creating a tangible opportunity for taking action.

Bridge Building

We know we are stronger as a united community. Our Scholars foster civic engagement, embrace culture and diversity, and promote volunteerism.

The Environment

With LIFs celebrating conservation, climate change, and sustainability, our Scholars have demonstrated their heart for preserving the natural world.

Education

Scholars know the importance of meaningful learning experiences, and have built opportunities to increase mentorship, college access, STEAM/STEM, and literacy programs.

Health

Be it mental or physical well-being, our Scholars prioritize healthy life styles and creating community supports for all ages.

Global Impact

CREATING A NETWORK OF CHANGE

After the year-long program, Bezos Scholars continue to support and inspire one another—sparking positive change in their communities. The Bezos Scholars Program offers alumni support through internship opportunities, ongoing gatherings of food and conversation, and more importantly, lifelong support in pursuit of their passions. Scholars go on to pursue higher education, competitive internships, and successfully win prestigious scholarships and awards; one recently met the Queen of England!

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Bezos Scholar student and educator alumni
Countries Bezos Scholars have visited for work, service, activism, and more
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It only takes a few great minds to start changing the world.