A Big Congrats to all the Questbridge Matches and Finalists!
By Sally Kim
On Dec. 3, 2018, Questbridge finalists across the United States anxiously hoped to match with one of their dream colleges. Questbridge offers any student, regardless of their citizenship status, who currently attends high school in the United States to apply for a full-ride scholarship. Although there are restrictions as to which schools DACA students and those with a valid visa can apply to, many colleges are lenient in this matter. Questbridge finalists typically come from households earning less than $65,000 per year for a family of four. However, this is not a strict cut-off, and if there are special financial circumstances such as sending multiple kids to college simultaneously or hospital bills, other students are welcome to apply. There are 40 colleges associated with Questbridge, including six Ivy League schools.
This year, out of the 6,507 Finalists who were considered for the College Match Scholarship, 1,044 students were matched with one of their colleges. These scholarship recipients are admitted early to the Questbridge college partners of their choice with a full four-year scholarship guaranteed, ensuring that students in low-income families can afford a top-quality education. With the exception of Yale, Princeton, and MIT, all matched students are required to attend. Similarly to the Single-Choice Early Decision policy, finalists are not allowed to apply early to other colleges. This year, six Northside seniors were matched with Questbridge college partners: Juliana Furigay, Adv. 911, was matched with Columbia University; Raul Alcantar, Adv. 904, was matched with Stanford University; Brianna Gonzalez, Adv. 900, matched with University of Chicago, along with Beverly Batts, Adv. 911; Lauren Kim, Adv. 905, with Yale University; and Oralia Quinones, Adv. 904, with University of Pennsylvania. The HoofBeat officially sends a big congratulations to the matched scholars and the rest of the Questbridge finalists who worked very hard.
“I’m really happy, it’s like...surreal. UPenn was my top choice and I’m so grateful for this opportunity to attend my dream college full-ride. I am thankful for the Questbridge Organization,” said Quinones. “I agree; it’s unbelievable,” said Kim. “I can’t believe I got matched with Yale and I’m so excited for the next step.” Unlike other scholars, Kim has until May 1 to decide if she wants to commit to Yale. Similarly, Furigay said “First of all, the sheer fact that the decision came out so early and that I’m done with the college process is amazing. I feel as if this big burden has been lifted off my shoulders. And I want to tell the rest of the Finalists that it’s not the end, it’s just the beginning. The fact that they became finalists in the first place is an amazing feat and it shows the colleges great potential. Don’t give up. A lot of people get through the Questbridge Regular Decision anyway,”
Furigay is correct -- last year, around 2,000 finalists were admitted to their top choice colleges via Questbridge Regular Decision. The perks of being a finalist is that there is no application fee required to apply to any of the colleges partnered with the organization. Many students also receive generous financial aid that “will meet 100% of their demonstrated need,” according to Questbridge.
Although there are various other scholarship opportunities, Questbridge offers students with a once in a lifetime chance to experience their dream college without financial barriers. It is a incredible opportunity and one that upcoming seniors should definitely consider. For more information about Questbridge and other scholarships, check out the HoofBeat’s recent article entitled “Juniors: College Programs That Are Not Being Discussed.”