Two Culver Academies students will have their four years at college almost completely paid for by a special program through the non-profit company QuestBridge. Julia Hernandez (Pueblo, Colo.) and Clay Kingsbury (Raleigh, N.C.) are two of the 657 students from 44 states awarded four-year, full-ride scholarships to one of QuestBridge’s 36 partner schools.
Called the National College Match, QuestBridge’s program pairs talented high school seniors with participating schools. The scholarships include tuition, room and board, and other expenses. Hernandez will be attending Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Va., and Kingsbury will be attending Carleton College in Northfield, Minn. The scholarships are supplied by the partner colleges.
Culver Academies has been participating in the QuestBridge program since 2010. Culver students have attended Vanderbilt, Princeton, Stanford, Yale, Dartmouth, the University of Chicago, Vassar, and Williams College using the National College Match. Students must apply for early decision to be considered.
In 2016, there were 4,895 finalists selected out of an applicant pool of 13,264. Finalists are selected based on their academic achievement coupled with high financial need and are identified as being strong potential applicants to QuestBridge partner colleges.
In addition to an average unweighted GPA of 3.91, the middle 50 percent of the QuestBridge students have received between 1890-2140 on the SAT (out of 2400), and between 29-33 on the ACT (out of 36). Academically, 96 percent rank in the top 10 percent of their class, including 28 percent who rank first. The majority of these QuestBridge Scholars—75 percent—are also among the first generation in their families to attend a four-year U.S. college.
Based in Palo Alto, Calif., QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation’s best colleges and to support them to achieve success in their respective careers and communities. Finalists who matriculate to a partner college are identified as QuestBridge Scholars.