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Change you can measure.

Our program combines big ideas and concrete results—the aspirational and the tangible. It’s about more than feeling good or building a resumé; it’s also about making real, quantifiable change—in students, educators and communities alike.

For student scholars: More personal growth than a year of college

Want to know how a Bezos Scholars experience can help you grow as a leader and as a person? We can tell you. We aim for—and measure—outcomes that align with the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership, a research program focused on how leadership development produces specific results. Our impact assessments show that after a year in the program, student scholars yield equivalent or higher learning gains across critical leadership and socio-emotional outcomes as students who have completed a full year of college.

We aim for students to make gains in their:

Sense of belonging

Sense of belonging

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

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Leadership efficacy

A student’s internal beliefs about their likelihood of success when engaging in leadership processes.

Agency

Agency

The ability to start and sustain goal-directed efforts.

Resilience

Resilience

The ability to persist in the midst of adversity and positively cope with stress.

Search for purpose

Search for purpose

Meaning-making grounded in the exploration of life’s deeper purpose.

Collaboration

Collaboration

The desire and ability to work effectively with others in group processes.

Navigating pathways

Navigating pathways

The ability to envision multiple pathways to achieve goals.

Civic impact

Civic impact

The ability to take actions to leave a legacy and enhance the community beyond oneself.

Youth participation in the Bezos Scholars Program provides a powerful impact far exceeding that of similar designed programs. Data shows that BSP staff stimulate deep learning and a sense of belonging.

John Dugan, Aspen Institute, co-founder and principal investigator of the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership

For educator scholars: Memorable mentorship.

Educator scholars say the Bezos Scholars Program is a memorable and transformational experience that deepens their love of teaching and supporting students.

For Communities: Collaborative action that sparks change

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To see the impact of the Bezos Scholars Program—and of our Scholars’ ideas and passion—look no further than the community change projects that every Scholar produces, many of which carry on for years to come. Projects offer fresh approaches to communities’ most pressing challenges and are as varied and dynamic as Scholars themselves.

Many projects fall into one of the following categories—although we love nothing better than when a scholar creates a category all their own: arts, global issues, community building, the environment, education, health, and diversity, equity and inclusion. Learn more about how Community Change Projects work.