Thirteen Cristo Rey seniors across the nation were recently named Questbridge Scholars. QuestBridge, a national nonprofit that connects students from low-income communities with leading colleges and opportunities, provides full, four-year scholarships worth over $200,000 each to its scholars.
Awarded Cristo Rey schools and matched institutions include:
Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School: 8 students matched to the University of Notre Dame, Tufts University, Hamilton College, Oberlin College
Holy Family Cristo Rey High School (Birmingham): 1 student matched to Vanderbilt University
Cristo Rey Jesuit High School (Chicago): 1 student matched to Columbia University
Cristo Rey Dallas High School: 1 student matched to Duke University
Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston: 1 student matched to Duke University
Cristo Rey Tampa Salesian High School: 1 student matched to Rice University
Selected students reflect on receiving the scholarship:
"Becoming a Questbridge scholar at Columbia was validation for the four arduous years of high school that flew past me. Four years of academic development await me in the greatest city on earth, and I am ecstatic."
Jaime, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School Chicago, Columbia University
"Receiving the Match Scholarship has deeply impacted my future. I get to go to the school of my dreams, which I never thought would be possible. Receiving this scholarship has made me realize that anything is possible, and dreams really do come true."
Charity, Holy Family Cristo Rey Catholic High School, Vanderbilt University
Out of 14,926 applications, 5,842 students were selected as National College Match Finalists. Of these Finalists, 1,127 outstanding students were selected as this year's Match Scholarship Recipients. Since 2003, the QuestBridge National College Match has successfully connected nearly 7,400 students with full scholarships at college partners.
QuestBridge, a national nonprofit based in Palo Alto, California, connects the nation's most exceptional, low-income youth with leading institutions of higher education and further life opportunities. By recruiting, developing, and motivating these students — beginning in high school through college to their early career — QuestBridge aims to help talented low-income students attend the nations' best colleges and to support them to achieve success in their respective careers and communities.