The dream of a full-ride academic scholarship toward a college education is now reality for Lehman High senior Yoshi Nakachi.
Earlier this school year, Nakachi was named a finalist in the prestigious Questbridge National College Match program, which earned him a four-year scholarship worth $309,472 to attend Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. The scholarship not only covers his tuition and room and board, but also books, supplies and travel expenses to and from home and Stanford.
It’s all part of the Questbridge National Scholarship Match Program, which provides the nation’s brightest high school students who come from low-income backgrounds the opportunity to earn a fully-paid college education at one of the nation’s leading institutions.
Students who typically apply for the scholarship are ranked in the top 5 to 10% of their graduating class, have an SAT score greater than 1260 or an ACT score higher than 27 and achieve high grades throughout high school. In addition, students also go through a rigorous application progress that starts in the summer of their senior year and concludes in December.
Students who apply provide a ranked list of colleges that they would like to attend. This includes schools that partner with Questbridge, including Stanford, Yale, Harvard and more. The program then works to see if students can match with one of the schools on their list for early enrollment and a full-ride scholarship. A student is named a finalist if they were matched to a college or university on their list.
In 2021, 6,312 students were selected as National College Match Finalists out of more than 16,500 applications.
Finalists exhibit outstanding academic achievement and qualify financially.