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As part of its efforts to recruit and enroll exceptional students regardless of their ability to pay, Colby College has partnered with QuestBridge, an organization that aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation’s best colleges and universities.

“Colby College and QuestBridge share the vision of a global society that embraces leaders from diverse backgrounds and perspectives,” said President David A. Greene. “To achieve this goal we must invest in exceptionally talented students with the capacity to excel and ultimately lead in a broad array of fields. Our partnership with QuestBridge serves as an important pathway for highly talented low-income students to join our community of scholars and benefit from the intensive academic experience Colby provides.”

Students will be able to apply to Colby—and be considered for a full scholarship offered by the College—through the 2015 QuestBridge National College Match. Applications will open in summer 2015, and students will be notified of the admission decision in December.

“We are extraordinarily excited about working with QuestBridge,” said Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Matt Proto. “The partnership presents opportunities to collaborate to help low-income students aim high in their college aspirations and achieve success. We are honored to have been selected as a new partner college.”

QuestBridge, a national nonprofit based in Palo Alto, Calif., connects the nation’s most exceptional low-income youth with leading institutions of higher education and further life opportunities. By recruiting, developing, and motivating these students—beginning in high school through college to their first job—QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nations’ best colleges and achieving success in their respective careers and communities.

Founded in 1813, Colby is one of America’s most selective colleges. Serving only undergraduates, Colby offers a rigorous academic program rooted in deep exploration of ideas and close interaction with world-class faculty scholars. Students pursue intellectual passions, choosing among 57 majors or developing their own. Independent and collaborative research, study abroad, and internships offer robust opportunities to prepare students for postgraduate success. Colby is home to a community of 1,850 dedicated and diverse students from around the globe. Its Maine location provides easy access to world-class research institutions and civic engagement experiences. Colby remains committed to meeting 100 percent of calculated need and to its policy of replacing loans in financial aid awards with grants.