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.
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.
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.
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!