The 2019 Questbridge College Prep Scholars Program will open in early February. The College Prep Scholars Program equips academically outstanding, low-income students with their knowledge, confidence and resources to apply to the nations best colleges.  The program is looking for high-achieving high school juniors who exhibit strong personal character and come from households earning less than $65,000 annually (for a typical family of four), with minimal assets. Most College Prep Scholars are in the top 5-10% of their class and are eligible for their school's free and reduced-price lunch.

Why Apply?

  • Full scholarships to college summer programs at Stanford, Yale, Emory, Penn and more

  • Access to 40 top colleges at a QuestBridge National College Admissions Conference

  • A head start and specialized guidance on applying to college

  • Personalized feedback on your college essay

  • Quest for Excellence Awards, such as laptops and all-expense-paid campus visits

  • and more!

Apply for free online at www.questbridge.org

The free online application is due on March 20, 2019. 


Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) empowers a community of exceptional young leaders from under-resourced backgrounds by supporting their higher education and professional success in order to create a more inclusive and equitable country.


Stanislaus County Office of Education Leadership Academy is offered to current sophomores and juniors who will be juniors and seniors in the 19-20 school year. The program is an amazing opportunity for students. The information is provided for the students to get the application directly from the SCOE representative or students can stop by the Counseling Center.


The Bezos Scholars Program selects 12 students and educator pairs from across the U.S. and the African Leadership Academy to hone their leadership skills through launching a community change project. Scholars are teams made up of a student and their educator, who have demonstrated accomplishment, embraced new challenges, and aspire to lead change in their community. Successful applicants are current high school juniors that demonstrate academic rigor, maturity, curiosity, and leadership. 

After being immersed in learning at the Aspen Ideas Festival and engaging in year-long leadership development, Scholars inspire and ignite action in their schools, communities, and beyond. Scholars teams are tasked with developing and executing their own community change project, known as a Local Ideas Festival (LIF). Scholars have taken on a diverse range of issues that are unique to their community and that met an investigated, proven need, such as clean water access, voter registration, STEM education, youth literacy, environmental justice, and health and wellness. Interested in Applying? Apply Here. Please contact Molly Pencke at mpencke@benosfamilyfoundation.org with additional questions or supporting students in applying. The online application is due by January 31, 2020. 

UC Davis Young Scholars Program

Program Overview 

Program dates: June 25 – August 5, 2023

Application period for summer 2023 will be opening soon.

The UC Davis Young Scholars Program is a summer residential research program designed to expose approximately 40 high achieving high school students to the world of original research within the fields of the biological, agricultural, environmental and natural sciences.

Participants in the UC Davis Young Scholars Program will work one-on-one with research faculty and research groups in state of the art laboratories for six weeks. Each student will work on an individual project and prepare a journal quality paper and symposium presentation about their work.

In addition to scientific research, the UC Davis Young Scholars Program strives to introduce participants to the climate and culture of living and learning on a university campus. Staff make every effort to model the experiences that participants will have during their first years of college.

All participants will be enrolled in five (5) units of University Group Study Credit. Assignments for the program include research notebooks, a written article of journal quality describing the research project and its conclusions, presentation of the individual project at a research symposium and presentation of research to students at the home high school. All work in the program is graded and credit will be awarded after home presentations are completed.


  • All participants must be currently enrolled as a sophomore or junior in high school.

  • All participants must be at least 16 years of age by the first day of the program but not 18 years of age at the end of the program

    • No exceptions will be granted. Requests for exceptions will not receive a response.

    Website: https://education.ucdavis.edu/young-scholars-program