The Bridges to a Brighter Future selection process is conducted on an annual basis beginning in November and ending in March. To be selected, students must reside in Greenville County, South Carolina and be enrolled in ninth grade or be a ninth grade repeater. Students are only selected in ninth grade; there is no other entry point into the program. Students must also meet the following criteria.
Students must meet the following criteria in order to be selected:
- Low income (Eligible for free or reduced lunch)
- Need for program support
- 3.0 grade point average
- Clean disciplinary record
Bridges to a Brighter Future partners with the Greenville County School District to recruit students from its public and charter high schools. Students are nominated in ninth grade by classroom teachers or guidance counselors. Nominations are also accepted from the community, non-profits, and current or former students. To nominate a student, you may do one of the following:
- Contact the guidance office at your high school and speak to the counselor who is designated to work with Bridges to a Brighter Future; or
- Contact Bridges to a Brighter Future directly at 864-294-3135 or 864-294-3134
Application & Interview
Once nominated, students go through an intensive selection process including an application and interview.
Approximately 125 students are nominated and interviewed annually. Twenty-five (25) students are selected each year based on their potential and “need” for the program. These 25 rising tenth graders join two classes of continuing rising eleventh and twelfth grade students for a total of approximately 75 students participating in the high school component annually. After high school graduation, students continue in Crossing the Bridge.