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.
Eligible students who are juniors during the 2016-2017 academic year
The principal of the student’s school
An educator from the student’s school
Two individuals who submit recommendations on behalf of the student
February 10, 2017 — Application Due
February – April 2017 — Scholar Selection
May 2017 — Scholars Announced
Completing the student portion of the application
School principal, an educator, and two individuals writing letters of recommendation must complete their portion of the application
Phone interviews with selected student finalists and nominated educators
Selection of the next Bezos Scholars
The Bezos Scholars Program rejuvenated me. It has reminded me that I must
push past my perceived limits. I want to show people all I am capable
of…and encourage them to do the same.
– Niquan Dawson, 2015 Student Scholar
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.
School administration and the broader community, recruited by Scholars to support their Local Ideas Festival
An all-expenses-paid week in Aspen, Colorado to participate in the program
Teams submit their Local Ideas Festival proposal and final reports
Participation in virtual trainings throughout the year
Teams host a Local Ideas Festival in their community
October 2017 — School Award Application Due
Spring 2018 — Local Ideas Festivals
What I found to be profound about the experience is not the promise
of inspiration, but the magnitude and the depth one feels when the
spark is lit.
– Christopher Maly, 2015 Educator Scholar
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!
Partners of the Bezos Scholars Program and Bezos Family Foundation
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