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.
Sarah Tran & Cynthia Quintana
Granada Hills Charter High School, CA
Brayden York & Leslie Lewis
Kokomo High School, IN
Ernest Cisneros & Jorge Alvarez
Colton High School, CA
Jalan Drummond & Precious White-Jordan
Lafayette High School, AL
Madison Momenee & Jessica Cutliffe
Noble High School, ME
Nicolette Peji & Dana Dale
Ideate High Academy , CA
Peyton Klein & Jennifer McGonagle
Taylor Allderdice High School, PA
Rangasri Narayanamoorthy & Kady Clincy
Benjamin Franklin High School, LA
Robert Lawrence & April W. Carberry
C. E. Byrd High School , LA
Trey Chapman & Lowana Wade
Piedmont Classical High School, NC
Victor Ye & Matthew Rojas
Glen A. Wilson High School , CA
Zidikiyah Morrison & Cobren Greer
Livingston Collegiate Academy, LA
Thaksheel Nirvaan Alleck
& Nkembo Kiala
African Leadership Academy
I’m excited to learn from fellow scholars and leading experts at the Aspen Institute — from all different parts of the globe. Stories of the exceptional remind me that we are not ill-fated in our pursuit of the stars.
I am excited to expand my network of passionate changemakers and innovative thinkers.
I hope to broaden my impact on my community on both a local and global scale, setting my place as a leader and citizen in the world as a whole, creating a greater future for my generation and the many to come.
I am passionate about building relationships with students outside of the classroom to help them develop their leadership potential through service to the school and greater community.
I hope to learn better leadership skills so that I can inspire others to also be leaders.
As a Bezos Scholar, I hope to engage in conversations about students’ mental health and well-being and champion those ideas in my community.
With the help of God, I am dedicated, committed, and involved.
As an educational leader and advocate, I am committed to collaborative learning that not only engages students, but families and communities as well. This opportunity will provide tools to expand my reach and strengthen my impact.
As a Scholar, I hope to push myself to learn, experience and accomplish what I never knew possible and bring my knowledge back home to make a difference.
To see creativity and ideas evolve when students are able to interact face-to-face is magical. I am looking forward to learning new ways to help students build relationships that aren’t formed from behind a screen.
I am ecstatic to become a Bezos Scholar because I want to foster civic engagement in my cultural community.
The joy of being a teacher is cultivating students’ curiosity and helping them discover what inspires them. I am excited to guide students to use their curiosity and inspiration to bring about positive change in the world.
I hope to deepen the impact of my Global Minds Initiative by impacting school wide policy, and furthering education equity efforts for all English as a Second Language students.
I thrive in the colorful environment of my school and hope that this summer will provide me the tools to better connect the diverse populations within our community.
I hope this program will show me how to harness the power of youth in effecting positive environmental change.
Environmental education should transcend the classroom. It is about how we think and how we live. I am excited to expand that thinking into one of the most environmentally fragile communities in the country.
As a Bezos Scholar, I am eager to connect with like-minded students who are equally committed to ensuring all teens are empowered to become active participants within their communities.
As an educator, I am always looking for ways to inspire my students to reach beyond the classroom to engage with the community around them. As a Bezos Educator Scholar, I hope to find new avenues to foster collaboration between student leaders and the community.
It’s not how your life starts, but how you live the rest of your life. So, find your gift and make a difference.
It is my hope that through participating in the Bezos Scholar program, I can continue the practice of servant leadership and make a difference in my community.
There are so many opportunities for our generation to make a positive impact in our communities, and it is crucial that we work together to amplify our youth voices and change the world.
I hope to learn how to make a bigger impact in the school and local community I am involved with, and to gain some extra motivation in taking my next steps as an educator.
As a Bezos Scholar, I hope to gain a sense of connection with my community.
I began working with high school students my freshman year of college, and my driving desire has always been the same: I want to be the support system I wish I had as a student.
One of the most dangerous things about being young, is the fact that one can come up with many potentially brilliant ideas that eventually get lost. Being a Bezos Scholar will hopefully teach the skills that allow me to build on any ideas I may come up with, decipher if it is worth it, and act towards making things happen.
I hope to learn about a range of topics that will help me improve as a person and to gain new skills that I can share with my community and home country of Burundi.
I hope to sharpen elements of my leadership and my creative arts and social skills, while having unique engagements with others to renew my ideas and perspectives about African Arts.
I am very intrigued by the skills and the experience that I will gain from being versatile and diverse enough to work with other people who have a vision to change and impact the lives of those in their community.
The opportunity of being a youth on this journey of growth, discovery and self-understanding and to gather more perspectives and worldviews in our digitally connected world is unique. With a combination of hard work, talent and luck, we will acquire the tools necessary to actualize our ideas to create a better world.
I am looking forward to meeting agents of positive change at Aspen and learning as much as possible.