The Bezos Scholars Program inspires and challenges young people to act on their passions and collaborate to address community needs. The program begins with a week in Aspen, Colorado where Scholars participate in the Aspen Ideas Festival and leadership development curriculum. Upon returning home, Scholars are charged with creating a local community change project to raise awareness and mobilize action in their hometowns.
Students who meet eligibility criteria are invited to apply. The application opens in October and closes in February.
Students and their accompanying educators travel all-expenses-paid to Aspen, Colorado, to take part in the Aspen Ideas Festival and interactive leadership development curriculum. Scholars are immersed in plenaries, panel discussions, debates, and Scholars-only roundtables with some of the greatest minds of our time. This experience prepares them for the challenge ahead: creating sustainable community change projects, known as Local Ideas Festivals.
As a Bezos Scholar, you join an ever-expanding community. Scholars enjoy continued opportunities for internships, engagement with thought-leaders, professional development, and the occasional reunion party!
While in Aspen, there were three concepts that were thrown around that have stayed with me until this day. I should lead creatively, collaborate radically, and embrace disruptive ideas. – Nicholas Okafor, 2011 Student Scholar