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A leadership experience that lasts.

Lasting connections. Lasting skills. And lasting change that starts right now.

Change your community. Change you.

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, 17 exceptional juniors from the U.S. and Africa, 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 and tutoring. 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.

The Bezos Scholarship Program is a program of the Bezos Family Foundation, an independent private foundation that champions the science of learning and its application.

The Bezos Scholars Program unleashed potential that I never knew I had. I gained skills, confidence, support and a powerful network to make a positive impact in my very own community.

2011 Scholar Nicholas Okafor

Diversity. Equity. Inclusion. Opportunity.

We created the Bezos Scholars Program because we believe all young people are exceptional and have the potential to be leaders. We employ policies and practices that foster diversity, equity and inclusion.

A program for educators, too.

Every Scholar nominates an educator from their school to serve as a participating partner in the program. Our educator scholars say it’s a personal and professional experience unlike any other.

Why apply to be a Bezos Scholar?

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To turn your passion into action.

Scholars develop and produce a project that makes a positive difference in their communities. We supply the resources and support, including $1,000 in funding for up to three years.

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To get free college advising and academic support.

Scholars get expert, one-on-one, holistic support during college application, financial aid and decision-making processes. Plus free online tutoring, too.

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To meet some of the coolest people in the world.

Scholars are extraordinary people from all over the U.S. and Africa. Our alumni network keeps Scholars connected with leadership development opportunities and with one another long after the program year ends.

How to apply

Our application process opens October 21, 2021, with applications due January 7, 2022. Learn more about the process, timeline and the commitment required for the program.

Spread the word

Most Scholars learn about us through word of mouth. If you’d like to share information about our program with a student leader you know, our promotional toolkit can help.

Program Information Sheet

Download our Program Info Sheet to learn more and help promote the program to your networks.

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