Getting into college nowadays takes years of hard work and smart decisions to build a competitive resume.

Begin your college prep now with Quest for Success, a Naples-based nonprofit organization, with one goal: help high school students prepare for their college or university career.

Since its inception in 1993, Quest has successfully shaped the lives of more than 900 promising students and helped them unlock over $39 million in scholarships, financial aid, and grants from multiple colleges and community organizations.

“Open enrollment for Quest applications begins Monday, April 3, and closes at the start of the upcoming school year in August,” today announced Susan Zumstein, Quest executive director.  Any freshman, sophomore and junior, currently attending high school in Collier County, is encouraged to apply online  For those without computer access, printed copies of the application are available at the Quest Center located at 2706 Horseshoe Drive South, Monday through Friday, 9 am until 5 pm.

Qualified applicants will be notified and requested to attend a student and parent interview at the Quest Center.

Quest is looking for academically stellar students who have demonstrated a level of scholastic achievement, are motivated to attend college, and become involved in community service before they’re accepted into the program,” Ms. Zumstein explains. “There are not strict requirements or cut-offs, but based upon successful Quest applicants from previous years, student characteristics rank in the top 5% or 10% of their class and receive mostly “A” grades in the most rigorous classes available, usually Honors, AP and or IB level courses,” she continues. 

“Standardized test scores on PSAT, SAT and ACT, and extracurricular achievements, such as leadership or community activities, are also considered,” she adds. “And, we look for evidence of strong writing ability, intellectual spark, and determination through essays and teacher/counselor recommendations,” she says.

Students who have the means pay tuition for the program; about 40 percent of the 381 currently in the program receive scholarships.

“At Quest, our dedicated team provides essential tools, information and life skills prepare students for college,” says Ms. Zumstein.  “Quest also assists in choosing the school best fit for a student’s personality and future career and we help pursue educational funding. The complexity of today’s financial-aid process is scaring students away from college,” she comments.

Key program modules include interactive and comprehensive SAT/ACT test preparation; development of college-competitive high school curriculum; essay-writing workshops; one-on-one financial aid and scholarship application assistance; and tutoring in math and test-taking skills. Quest students are also expected to develop positive character traits, define career pathways, learn time management and organization skills, and establish community service.

The results are young people who have confidence and preparation needed to thrive throughout their entire lives. This year, 76% of Quest students are eligible for Florida Bright Futures Scholarships. Comparatively, 20% of all Florida applicants earn this award that recognizes a high school senior’s rigorous academic record and commitment to community service.

“The combination of seeing what can be done and then having someone you respect telling you you can do it – that’s what most young people need,” believes Ms. Zumstein. “Quest lifts the ambitions of talented teenagers by introducing them to peers and to successful adults.”

Quest will hold two information sessions for prospective students and their families: Wednesday April 12th at 6:00 PM and Saturday April 15th at 12:30 PM. For questions on enrollment, contact Denise Giardina at 239-403-7174 ext. 104 or via email at or visit

About Quest

Quest is a community-based organization providing highly personalized and effective methods for students to access and pay for most college. Quest began with 10 students in 1993, and currently serves over 381 students from Collier County public and private schools. Quest’s mission is to foster economic freedom through education by empowering high school students to reach their highest career potentials through lifelong learning. A tax-deductible gift to Quest for Success is an investment in Quest Scholars – empowering them to succeed in college and beyond. Community support allows Quest to bridge the gap between exceptional, under-served youth and leading institutions of higher education.


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