Meet the Scholars

2020

Due to the unprecedented impact of the global pandemic, we were unable to safely select US Scholars and host the program during the 2020-21 academic year. Before the pandemic shut down schools across the globe, our partners at the African Leadership Academy (ALA) already selected their 2020 ALA Bezos Scholars team. With support from ALA leadership and our program, their team decided to move forward with leading the ninth annual South African Ideas Festival (SAIF)—and first ever virtual festival.

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2009

2008

  • Lucy Li & Patricia Valois
    Miami Palmetto Sr. High School, Miami, FL

  • Sahdia Khan & Jennifer Fry
    Wichita High School, East Wichita, KS

  • Luke Niforatos & Jana Frieler
    Overland High School, Aurora, CO

  • Tania Murillo & Beth Battey
    Classical High School, Providence, RI

  • Jazmin Graves & Ralph Vigliotti
    Yonkers Middle and High School, Yonkers, NY

  • David Langdon & Melody Coryell
    Lawrence North High School, Indianapolis, IN

  • Hannah Postel & Kara Glaaser
    James Madison Memorial High School, Madison, WI

  • James Robert & Tiffany Cherrie
    Lusher Charter High School, New Orleans, LA

  • Rigoberto Soto & Steven E. Amstutz
    Lee High School, Houston, TX

  • Noelle Dubay & Tim Doak
    Community High School, Fort Kent, ME

  • Anna Miller & Gretchen Wilkinson
    Garfield High School, Seattle, WA

  • Patrick Clay & Mark Marshall
    Thomas Jefferson High School, Auburn, WA

2007

2006

2005

  • Marisa Zúñiga
    Metropolitan Learning Center, Bloomfield, CT

  • Simon Schreier
    Hunter College High School, New York, NY

  • Michael Farage
    Bellevue High School, Bellevue, WA

  • Emily Congdon
    Suncoast High School, Riviera Beach, FL

  • Laura Eisenbeis
    Park Hill High School, Kansas City, MO

  • Ann Rebollar
    Thomas Jefferson High School, San Antonio, TX

  • Steve Teng
    Stuyvesant High School, New York, NY

  • Scott Gallagher
    Cherry Creek High School, Denver, CO

  • Manuel Nunez
    Abraham Lincoln High School, Denver, CO

  • Kasheena Sermons
    Booker T. Washington High School, Memphis, TN

  • Christopher Johnson
    Whitney Young Magnet High School, Chicago, IL

  • Christopher Heygood
    Foster High School, Tukwila, WA