Since 2001, BRIDGE has been pleased to award Stein Program grants to hundreds of outstanding women and men whose career aspirations are as diverse as their ages, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. The program enables adult residents living in BRIDGE properties to continue their education, and it encourages working adults who never had such an opportunity to earn college degrees and acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to launch a new career. These grants are making a critical difference, providing residents with the resources to pursue a financially secure career.
To apply, residents write essays describing their career goals and personal life stories, and provide letters of recommendation. A special committee chaired by BRIDGE Board Chair Emeritus Alan Stein and his wife Ruth will then select the recipients. Awards are available up to $6,000 per scholarship.
The program’s applicant pool consists of high-school seniors planning to go to college, longtime workers hoping to acquire skills to advance in a firm or change careers, parents returning to or continuing college while working, and people making the difficult transition from welfare to work. The institutions they hope to attend include public and private colleges, vocational schools, and certification and job skills programs.