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GREENVILLE, S.C.—Twenty-six Greenville County high school students have been invited to participate in Bridges to a Brighter Future at Furman University, a program whose mission is to give students the tools and support they need to overcome barriers, graduate from high school and enroll in college. The new class marks the 22nd year of the educational outreach program.
Since the program was launched in 1997, nearly 500 Greenville County students, including the newest class, have participated in Bridges to a Brighter Future.
“Bridges students have already demonstrated both academic and leadership potential by their ninth grade year, yet they face financial barriers or personal circumstances that may prevent them from achieving what they are truly capable of,” said Carrie Silver, director of Bridges to a Brighter Future. “Here, students participate in life-changing experiences that help them discover who they are to build the self-confidence and resiliency they need to succeed in life.”
The 26 students were chosen this year from a pool of 103 applicants. To be considered for the program, teachers and counselors nominate high school freshmen candidates who then complete written applications and participate in interviews.
Once selected, students take part in a comprehensive, year-round program, which includes three components. Through Saturday College, students receive tutoring and community-focused activities throughout the academic year. For three consecutive summers, students attend Bridges Foundations, a four-week residential program on the Furman campus that provides students with academic and personal support. And finally, Crossing the Bridge focuses on assisting students with the college enrollment process and the transition from high school to college. In all, the Bridges program includes more than seven years of support.
The new class will join 50 students already in the high school component of the program, bringing the total to 76 current Bridges students.
Students named as part of Bridges to a Brighter Future’s 22nd class are:
Berea High School: Sakyrio Stewart, Gabriel Wilson
Blue Ridge High School: Warren Edwards
Carolina High School: Myles Dillard, Jennifer Freeman, and Jae’layn Gowens
Eastside High School: Jhantaysia McDowell
Greenville Early College: Saniah Garnett, Shatoria Martin
Greenville High School: Jasmin Vidal-Jose
Greenville Technical Charter High School: Lana Abunijem
Greer High School: Thomas Hicks, Caleb Waters
Greer Middle College Charter High School: Allen Kuria
Hillcrest High School: Kara Diaz
JL Mann High School: Serger Jimenez-Sanchez
Legacy Charter School: Alejandro Jaramillo
Mauldin High School: Samira Moore
Riverside High School: Barthenea Magdalla
Southside High School: David Jones, Stephanie Pastor
Travelers Rest High School: Makenzey Kephart, Josue Perez
Wade Hampton High School: Zaria Suber
Woodmont High School: Jose Marin-Boyzo, Na’travis Shumate
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