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Opportunity for USA High School Juniors and Accompanying Educators to Participate in a Leadership Development Program

Bezos Scholars Program


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Bezos Scholars Program
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Important Dates
Deadline: 01/25/24 8:00 PM in Applicant's Time Zone Save

Grant Description
Opportunity for USA high school juniors and accompanying educators to participate in a leadership development program. Participants will receive mentorship, college guidance support, and funding to implement community benefit projects. Eligible applicants attend public schools with a 30% or greater overall free and reduced lunch rate.

Each year, 17 high school juniors and an educator from each of their schools are selected from across the United States and Africa as Bezos Scholars. The experience kicks off with an exciting and inspiring trip to the Aspen Ideas Festival for a full week of Scholar-exclusive experiences with world-renowned leaders — all while having fun and building lasting friendships.

Throughout the program year, Scholars engage in dynamic virtual workshops designed to spark personal reflection and growth, hone leadership skills, and apply learning through project-based opportunities. It all culminates in Scholar designed and led community change projects that raise awareness and mobilize action to address community needs.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
To be considered, U.S. students must:
- Attend an eligible public high school in the United States that currently has a 30% or greater overall free and reduced lunch rate.
- Be a junior at the time they are applying to the program.
- Be enrolled in or have taken one or more advanced course during their high school career. This includes Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and college-level courses.
- Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have received DACA status.
- Be available to fully participate in the year-long program and attend all dates for the Aspen Ideas Festival trip in Aspen, Colorado, slated for June 22 - June 28, 2024.
- Nominate an educator, a willing and supportive adult from their school to serve as a mentor, who will fully participate in the program and go on the trip to Aspen with them.

For African applicants, they must attend the African Leadership Academy, which runs its own selection process in partnership with the program.

Students currently attending a school a Scholar was selected from in 2022 or 2023 are not eligible to apply for the upcoming cohort.

Pre-Application Information
Applications open on November 30, 2023 and close on January 25, 2024 at 8pm PST.

Candidates are notified of their status by early March and Scholars are officially selected by April, starting the program in May.


Estimated Size of Grant
Scholars receive:
- All-expenses-paid trip to Aspen, Colorado
- 40+ hours of leadership skill-building
- Unlimited coaching hours from the Bezos Scholars staff team
- Free college advising
- $1,000 in funding to launch a community change project

Contact Information
Apply online (from November 30):

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