There’s no experience like the Bezos Scholars Program—a transformative, year-long, no-cost leadership development program that amplifies youth voice, collaboration and action so young people with passion can start making a difference today. Each year, exceptional juniors, along with educators from each of their schools, are selected as Bezos Scholars. Student scholars receive leadership training from noted experts along with free college advising. At the center of the program are community change projects—fresh, achievable and sustainable approaches to solving urgent problems, conceived and launched by Scholars with our support.

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High school students
Bezos Scholars Program
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Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for our program, 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 during their high school career, one or more honors, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or college-level course; 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; and 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.