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Transformative and regenerative for them—and you.

Along with each Bezos Scholar, we invite an educator from the student’s school to take part in our program. It’s an extraordinary opportunity to work one-on-one with an exceptional, engaged student for an academic year as you build your mentoring skills based on the latest scientific understanding of how adolescents learn, develop and lead.

Selected by students.

To be considered for the program, you must be nominated by a student that is applying. Read more in our Application Guide to understand the educator Scholar’s role, who is eligible, what characteristics strong nominee’s have, and how to nominate a strong candidate. There are also tips for the educator nominee on what they should include on their nomination form to best support the student applicant.

Not for teachers only.

Any staff person, in any position, at an applying student’s school is eligible to be a student’s educator nominee. So is any staff member of a community organization partnering with the student’s school community. To be eligible, you must also plan on returning to work for the student’s school or for the organization serving the school for the following academic year. Sorry—educators who are also an applicant’s parent, guardian, or relative are not eligible. Nor are private tutors or counselors.

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A year-long investment in your student—and yourself.

You’ll get a lot from your Bezos Scholars experience—and you’ll give a lot, too. You should be prepared to fully participate in a year-long experience, including a June trip to the Aspen Ideas Festival and all necessary collaboration with scholars as they launch their community change projects. We estimate that you’ll spend eight- to 20-hours per week on program-related activities. Read more about the experience.

An essential part of the program.

As an educator scholar, you’ll serve as your student’s mentor, advocate and ally. You’ll provide coaching and helpful, non-judgmental feedback and assist students in setting feasible goals and action plans. You’ll teach student leadership and critical thinking and help students manage their community change projects. Successful educator scholars remember that our program’s community change projects are student-led and directed, but have Scholars’ backs every step of the way.

Build your mentoring muscles.

Our program emphasizes measurable outcomes for students and educators alike. We aim for educator scholars to make gains in the following areas:

Advocacy for students

The ability to support, amplify the development of student voices, ideas and actions.

Capacity for fostering student leadership

Educators’ ability to believe in students’ success while helping to improve students’ leadership efficacy, resilience and sense of purpose.

Support of student agency

The ability to help students start and sustain a goal-directed effort.

Sense of belonging

The degree to which Educator Scholars feel a sense of affiliation and connection to the program and can instill a sense of belonging in others.

What makes a good educator scholar?

Over the years, we’ve found that strong educator nominees:

  • Understand program expectations and have the capacity to take on program commitments.
  • Have built a good relationship with their student nominee and know the student’s leadership capabilities, as well as their areas for growth.
  • Love their school and community and are invested in helping students make change for the greater good.
  • Are strong student advocates, allies and mentors.
  • Are open, enthusiastic and supportive of student-led projects.
  • Can provide students with constructive feedback and navigate the balance between stepping in to help and letting students take the lead.
  • Are invested in their own growth as a life-long learner and educator.

How we select educator scholars

Once a student nominates you, we’ll ask you to fill out a nomination form. Successful nominees will demonstrate that they understand the program and its commitments, are enthusiastic about the opportunity and have evaluated their capacity to commit. We also look for evidence of your support for your student applicant, including insight into their achievements, academic rigor, resilience and community leadership. We appreciate when you can provide a glowing recommendation for them, including specific examples of their readiness to become a Bezos Scholar.

If your student is selected as a finalist, we’ll invite you to take part in an interview with a Bezos Scholars Program team member. Student scholars’ acceptance is contingent upon the outcome of the interview and on your acceptance of our offer to join the program.