This is the largest award total BRIDGE has provided since its first scholarship program launched in 2001.
Applicants ranged from college-bound high-school seniors to adults who are returning to school or making career transitions. Thirty-seven awardees received Stein Scholarships, which support their participation in vocational and certification courses, two- and four-year colleges and graduate studies. Thirteen residents received Colwell Scholarships to pursue degrees in business or accounting, and three scholars received Kripa Scholars Program awards to support their studies in fields with sustainable and useful career paths. The scholars will be honored at a celebration and fundraiser this week, with generous support provided by lead sponsor Nibbi Brothers General Contractors and many other donors and partners.
“The scholarship is an opportunity for me to expand my education and allow me to achieve my bachelor’s in Community Health as a first-generation student,” said awardee Nayeli Chavez. “To me, the scholarship means a chance of growth, education and opportunity to become one of the best versions of myself in my future career.”
“We have always believed that an affordable home is a stepping stone for advancement,” said BRIDGE President and CEO Ken Lombard. “This amazing cohort of scholars inspires us all as they work to realize their dreams and build greater economic security for themselves and their families, and we’re grateful to the donors and partners who give so generously to support the scholarships.”
BRIDGE has awarded a total of $3 million in scholarships to 439 residents since the launch of the Stein program in 2001 and the Colwell program in 2017. For more information about BRIDGE Housing, visit www.bridgehousing.com.
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