The Aspen Idea festival and the Bezos Scholars program at the Aspen Institute

The Aspen Idea festival and the Bezos Scholars program at the Aspen Institute

Leadership Development and Scholarship Opportunity
Bezos Scholars Program @ the Aspen Institute seeks applications from public high school juniors and educators

An amazing experience awaits a groups of students and educators in 2015. By applying to this program you may be selected to spend a year focused on innovation and change, and you will start the journey at the Aspen Ideas festival, a 7-day festival focused on ideas and innovation. How cool is that?

Bezos Scholars Program

The Bezos Scholars Program @ the Aspen Institute is seeking outstanding high school juniors and educators for a year-long leadership development program that kicks off with an expenses-paid trip to the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival. The Application deadline: February 17, 2015.

The Bezos Scholars Program is selecting 30 top high school students and exceptional educators from across the U.S. and from the African Leadership Academy to receive a seven-day, all-expenses-paid scholarship to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival, June 27 – July 3, 2015. From the U.S., 12 public high school juniors and 12 educators from respective schools are selected.

On the Aspen Institute campus, Scholars take full advantage of Festival offerings and participate in exclusive roundtable discussions with change agents from around the world. Past Bezos Scholars have met with Twitter founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams, retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, author and columnist Arianna Huffington and New York Times columnist David Brooks, among many other notables. It’s a week that leaves participants exhilarated and ready to return home to activate change in their local communities.

Following this “mountain top” experience, Bezos Scholars hone their leadership skills through a year-long virtual series, designed to support them in the creation of their own Local Ideas Festivals. Scholars apply for seed funding to help design, launch and sustain projects that address a community need. Past scholars have tackled a range of topics including poverty, civic engagement, literacy and health among many other issues.

scholarshipScholarhips Requirements

Applicants must be attending a school that meets the following criteria:

  • Public High School (including Charter and Magnet schools)
  • At least 25 percent of students are eligible for free/reduced lunch program (this is a firm cutoff)
  • Offers Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or college credit courses

Student Scholar applicants must meet the following criteria: 

  • Enrolled in a public high school that meets the above criteria
  • Public high school junior during the 2014-15 academic year
  • Legal U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Demonstrates leadership in school and community
  • Scored exceptionally well on PSAT/SAT/or ACT
  • Taking Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate classes or college/community courses
  • GPA of 3.5, or higher
  • Availability to participate on all dates

Scholarship Application

Learn more and apply now at www.bezosfamilyfoundation.org/scholars.

Application deadline: February 17, 2015.

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APA style
Bezos Scholars Program & The Aspen Institute. (2014, November 6). In ClassBrain Teens. Retrieved 04:01, March 24, 2017, from http://classbrain.net/teens/bezos-scholars-program-aspen-institute/
MLA style
Cynthia Kirkeby, “Bezos Scholars Program & The Aspen Institute.” ClassBrain Teens. 6 November 2014, 11:16 UTC. . 24 Mar 2017 <http://classbrain.net/teens/bezos-scholars-program-aspen-institute/>.
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The Chicago Manual of Style
Cynthia Kirkeby, “Bezos Scholars Program & The Aspen Institute.” ClassBrain Teens, http://classbrain.net/teens/bezos-scholars-program-aspen-institute/ [accessed March 24, 2017].
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Cynthia Kirkeby, Bezos Scholars Program & The Aspen Institute [Internet]. ClassBrain Teens; 2014 November 6, 11:16 UTC [cited 2017 Mar 24]. Available from: http://classbrain.net/teens/bezos-scholars-program-aspen-institute/.
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Cynthia Kirkeby, Bezos Scholars Program & The Aspen Institute. ClassBrain Teens. November 6, 2014, 11:16 UTC. Available at: http://classbrain.net/teens/bezos-scholars-program-aspen-institute/. Accessed March 24, 2017.