Noelia Calcano ’17 (Hamilton, NJ) was awarded a QuestBridge Scholarship by Bowdoin College. QuestBridge was founded in 2004 to connect the nation's brightest students from low-income backgrounds with leading institutions of higher education. By facilitating these exchanges, QuestBridge works to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation's best universities. Only 5% of applicants to the QuestBridge program become College Match Scholarship Recipients.
Noelia received a College Match Scholarship from Bowdoin College. Noelia joins approximately 3,500 other students who have received these scholarships since the inception of the program. As one of the 767 student winners out of 14,491 applicants this year, Noelia was “matched” to her top choice, one of the QuestBridge programs 38 college partners. College Match Scholarship Recipients are admitted to the most selective US colleges with guaranteed full, four-year scholarship, including tuition, room and board, and other expenses. QuestBridge’s college partners include top liberal arts colleges such as Amherst, Bowdoin, Carleton, Pomona, Swarthmore and Williams and research universities such as Brown, Columbia, Duke, MIT, Penn, Stanford, and Yale. QuestBridge website for more information about the program.
The caliber of this year’s College Matches is top-notch. In addition to an average unweighted GPA of 3.91, the middle 50% have received between 1885-2150 on the old SAT (out of 2400), between 1320-1460 on the new SAT (out of 1600), and between 29-33 on the ACT (out of 36). 92% rank in the top 10% of their class. Financially, their median household income is $32,218.
This is our second consecutive year where a Dublin School student received QuestBridge Scholarship. Jordan Ferreras ’16 was also matched to Bowdoin College last year.