Bezos Scholar Program: Call for 2012 Entries

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The Bezos Scholars Program @ the Aspen Institute, an inspired collaboration between the Bezos Family Foundation and the Aspen Institute, was founded in 2005. The program brings together 12 of the country’s top high school juniors to meet one another and engage in seminars and informal meetings with the international leaders, acclaimed thinkers and creative artists who participate in the annual Aspen Ideas Festival.

The Bezos Scholars Program @ the Aspen Institute will select 12 top public high school juniors and 12 dynamic educators to receive a seven-day, all-expenses-paid scholarship to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival, June 26 - July 2, 2012. In addition to attending seminars, tutorials and roundtable discussions, Bezos Scholars participate in leadership trainings to prepare for the challenge ahead: Creating sustainable Local Ideas Festivals that will transform their schools and communities in the coming year.
On the Aspen Institute campus, past Bezos Scholars met with retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Secretaries of Education Arne Duncan and Margaret Spellings, oceanographer Sylvia Earle, inventor Dean Kamen, TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie and journalist Nicholas Kristof, among many other notables.

Watch this 4-minute video for a glimpse of this transformational experience in the words of Bezos Scholars themselves. For program and application details, including photos, video clips and testimonials, visit the Bezos Family Foundation.

Application deadline: February 3, 2012