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Bezos Scholars Program

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Offered by Bezos Scholars Program

Reviewed by Lisa FreedlandLast updated Jan 29, 2024
17 awards worth


Grade level

High School Junior

Expected deadline:

This scholarship might not currently be accepting applications. Most scholarship programs only accept applications a few months ahead of their annual deadline. We’ve estimated this deadline based on last year’s deadline in order to help you plan out your scholarship applications.

January 2025

Scholarship Overview

Are you a U.S. public high school junior passionate about increasing your leadership skills and leading change in your community? If so, apply to the Bezos Scholars Program, a transformative, yearlong, no-cost leadership development program that amplifies youth voice and action so young people with passion can start making a difference today!

Each year, 12 juniors from the U.S. and 5 from Africa, along with educators from each of their schools, are selected as Bezos Scholars. Community Change Projects are the program’s core as every Scholar creates and implements a project that raises awareness and mobilizes action to address a need in their hometown. Though the program does not offer financial scholarships, Scholars form lasting friendships, experience an all-expense paid trip to Aspen, CO and attend the Aspen Ideas Festival, receive leadership training and personal coaching and support, receive FREE personalized college advising for an entire year, as well as earn $1,000 to launch their projects which can be reapplied for annually! Successful Scholars are passionate, intellectually curious young people who are rising leaders in their schools and communities.

About Bezos Scholars Program

The Bezos Scholars Program began in 2005 when its founders, Jackie and Mike Bezos, attended the Aspen Ideas Festival, a premiere gathering of leaders from around the globe, and wondered, “Where are the young people?”

Since then, the program has evolved from a way to include outstanding students at the festival to a rich, year-long leadership development program spanning the U.S. and Africa—one that not only delivers specific and measurable learning outcomes, but also amplifies youth voice and action by supporting scholars as they produce real-world projects aimed at positive change.

Eligibility information

To be eligible to apply, U.S. students must be current juniors at a public school with an overall free and reduced lunch rate of 30% or higher. They must also have taken or be currently enrolled in at least one advanced course (Honors, AP, IB, etc.) during high school. See below for additional eligibility information. The program is part of the Bezos Family Foundation, whose mission is to invest in the science of learning and the experiences that youth need to pursue their own path for success.

Grade Level

High School Junior


U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, DACA


Applicants must: (1) attend an eligible public high school in the United States that currently has a 30% or greater overall free and reduced lunch rate; (2) be enrolled in or have taken one or more advanced course during their high school career; (3) 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; (4) 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.

Application information

To apply for this scholarship, students must submit an online application in addition to the below application materials. An application requirement is that students nominate an educator—a supportive adult from their school—who would fully participate alongside them throughout the program as their Scholar teammate and go on the trip to Aspen with them. This person must accept the student’s nomination by completing a recommendation as part of their application.

3 essays


Letter of Recommendation

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Scholarship FAQ

Is this scholarship open to international students?

No, this scholarship is only open to U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents and DACA students.

Who should I contact with any questions about this scholarship?

For any questions regarding this scholarship application, please contact Bezos Scholars Program at [email protected].

Where can I find help writing my scholarship essay?

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