Since 2005, Scholars from across the United States and Africa have raised awareness and mobilized action in their communities and beyond. As Bezos Scholars, students and educators have inspired change on issues such as mental health awareness and advocacy, civic engagement, STEM education, environmental justice, refugee and immigrant rights, and much more.
Alex Bremer & Lori Flynn
Pomeroy High School, WA
Amy Exposito & Alden Reed
Amundsen High School, IL
Brandon Plowman & Aaron Atkinson
West Valley High School, CA
Christian Alexander & Victoria Kratz
Hawthorne Math & Science Academy, CA
Cindy Aguilar Castaneda & Candice McFarland Camacho
Gonzales High School, CA
Cole Fairchild & Matt Shields
Charlottesville High School, VA
Hoang Le & Kevin Varano
Harrisburg High School SciTech Campus, PA
Makayla Dawkins & Rachele Thomas
James Hillhouse High School, CT
Matthew Garcia & Jose Becerra
Harlingen School of Health Professions, TX
Mayowa Jolayemi & Christina Moreau
Gahr High School, CA
Mishka Banuri & Crystal King
West High School, UT
Style Ranger & Jake Winfield
ASU Preparatory Academy: South Phoenix, AZ
& Tsion Tesfaye
African Leadership Academy
An issue I am very passionate about is drug and alcohol abuse because addiction can destroy families and entire communities.
We live in a very small community. For our community to thrive, we must involve our students and support the ideas they bring forth.
All kids should have the chance to be supported and successful in school.
Effective leadership requires practice more than talent. Developing ethical leaders is most satisfying and I see this program as a means to do that.
My time in high school has been a time of building community: a college-bound community, an LGBTQ community, and a community of drug, alcohol, and violence prevention.
The best way for an educator to impact their school and the surrounding community is to inspire students to become change agents, support them, and serve alongside them.
I aim to learn as much as I can in school and take advantage of positive opportunities that come my way. I love contributing as a Link Leader and being there for my freshman crew members whenever they need help.
It is important for youth to take ownership of a project. When they do so they instill an energy and enthusiasm to the project which leads to fresh perspectives.
As a Youth Commissioner, I helped my community raise awareness about the dangers of alcohol to curb underage drinking.
Youth-led initiatives are inspiring and so very powerful to watch in action. I am looking forward to the Bezos Scholars Program experience!
I enjoy a variety of activities, from cooking to sports to film, but observing and experiencing innovation is my true passion. Finding a new way to solve a problem will never fail to excite me.
I have spent my years as an educator learning how to get out of the way of my students. Young people possess remarkable passion and creativity; my role is to foster it.
My involvement in Youth Council Club and the Harrisburg City Council Youth Commission has inspired me to be more involved in social justice.
The opportunity to share ideas and learn from others is always gratifying. I look forward to this incredible time to benefit my students and our community.
I am a firm believer in equity. All students should receive the best education possible.
No matter how educated, talented, rich, or cool you believe you are, how you treat people tells all. Integrity is everything.
I fell in love with music and the joy it brings me in expressing my individuality.
A community can benefit immensely from an inspired student with a dream. As educators we should seek to give young people the tools necessary to make those dreams a reality.
There are so many actions that one can take to effect change in the world, and I feel that time spent not doing so is time wasted.
Being a champion and advocate for student voice has guided me thus far in my career. I look forward to advancing for students beyond the scope of my four walls and into the community.
I find that my youth is powerful because I can shape the future I want to see for myself, my peers and future generations.
Students should have the agency to follow their passion. It is important as adults and mentors to support students as they work to better the world around them. Our children will make this world better for future generations and our job is to help them do this
I’m motivated by the belief we as people are stronger, together. We all have the capability to do something great and if we unite anything is possible.
Lasting change is best created by our youth. I work in education to build relationships that make students feel confident about taking action towards true solutions to problems in their community.
I am inspired to go beyond my limits. I believe I will be able to make the impossible possible by working hand in hand with other change makers.
As youth, we don’t choose the world we inherit. However, we should strive to use our now to create a future we would love our children to come into.
One advantage we have as young people is the opportunity to be young; to be naive and confused. For in this uncertainty we can decide for ourselves the kind of people we want to be, not the people others expect of us.
Serving my community is one way of putting my mark on the world and experiencing diversity to enhance my mind and spirit.
I want to look back years from now and say, I did that. But the truth is I will likely look back with a group of dynamic individuals and together we will say, we did that!
Youth are agents of positive change whose potential is unleashed through self-directed exploration. A coach’s role is to empower and guide them through this journey.