Since 2005, Scholars from across the United States and Africa have raised awareness and mobilized action in their communities and beyond. As Bezos Scholars, students and educators have inspired change on issues such as mental health awareness and advocacy, civic engagement, STEM education, environmental justice, refugee and immigrant rights, and much more.
Audrey Huynh & James Scott
Myers Park High School, NC
Christopher Kim & Clint Gima
Maui High School, HI
Edward Antonio & Eric Ferencz
Stuyvesant High School, NY
Kennedy Jefferson & Carl Woodward
Lake Area New Tech Early College High School, LA
Leila Abdelrahman & Marcia Ferguson
Coral Reef Senior High School, FL
Pablo Haake & Michael Anthony Trujillo
Davenport Central High School, IA
Paulina Torres & Sonia Gonzales
Rowe Clark Math and Science Academy, IL
Raymond Pryor IV & Karen McChesney
East High School, CO
Valeria Schmidt & Lori Roberts
Montrose High School, CO
Victor Ariyo & Susan Reutter
Academy Park High School, PA
Yash Kamath & Michael J. Boykins
Wichita East High School, KS
& Michael Gyampo
African Leadership Academy
There is never a “right” time to start making a difference, the time is now, go out and do it.
Everyone has a compelling story that demands to be told.
Every time I face a situation in which I feel uncomfortable doing what I know I should do, I remember my time in Aspen.
I’m grateful to have been part of such a dedicated cohort. I’m continuously inspired by their big hearts and passionate souls!
Put passion into action, and discuss big ideas often.
BSP gives me courage to share with others experiences that change me permanently and that continue to motivate me today.
I learned how to work within my personality, talent, and strength sets. Thanks to the foundation, I know what those strengths are.
To make it in life, it takes hard work and a little serendipity.
My cohort became so close in such a short period of time and I gained insight into the fantastic lives of my fellow scholars.
I echo the idea of " two seconds of extreme courage" with my students, not as a reward for their hard work, but as an investment where faculty want to invest our time, knowledge, and resources to ensure their mental, social, and academic success.