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At a Glance

Bridge Scholars Program

The Bridge Scholars Program, a division of the Academic Success Center, helps high school students make a college education a reality. By providing additional support services, encouragement and assistance to participants, the program helps ease the transition from high school to college and increases the chances of graduating.

The Bridge Scholars Program is not a remedial program. It is geared toward students who have the potential to be successful in college, but who will likely need additional support in order to realize that success. Students in the program are admitted to UIndy through the regular admissions process and represent the entire range of admission categories from "admitted with distinction" to "contingent admits." The common denominator for these students is that they are participants in the state's Twenty-first Century Scholars Program, and most are also first-generation college students.

Qualifying Criteria

Bridge students are admitted to the University through the same admissions process and procedures as all other high school students. High School counselors recommend students who meet the following criteria:

  • High school juniors
  • Twenty-first Century Scholars as identified by high school counselor
  • GPA of at least 2.7 on a 4.0 scale
  • On a Core 40 diploma track by the end of their junior year

The Bridge Scholars Program collaborates with the following area high schools:

  • Arsenal Technical
  • Beech Grove
  • Ben Davis
  • Broad Ripple
  • Decatur Central
  • Franklin Central
  • George Washington
  • Indianapolis Metropolitan
  • Northwest
  • Perry Meridian
  • Pike
  • Roncalli
  • Scecina Memorial
  • Southport
  • Warren Central

How the Bridge Scholars Program Works

During High School

The goal of the high school component of the Bridge Scholars Program is to "demystify" the college experience through a variety of activities and campus visits. During the first campus visit, students tour campus and are introduced to various campus offices. During another visit, eligible Bridge Scholars will participate in a classroom experience and spend time with UIndy students.

During College

Bridge Scholars meet weekly with the Bridge Program Coordinator during the first semester of their freshman year to ensure a successful transition into the University. The Bridge Program Coordinator serves as an advisor and counselor, especially during the critical first year, supporting and encouraging the students as they make the transition into college and throughout their college career.

Financial Aid for Bridge Scholars

Once a Bridge Scholar has been admitted to UIndy, the student becomes eligible to receive a Bridge Scholarship for eight semesters based upon his/her academic performance, and as long as the student continues to achieve academically while also meeting all of the University's guidelines regarding the renewal of his/her financial aid.

Contact the Bridge Scholars Program

Brenda Bassi, Academic Success Associate
Brenda Bassi

Academic Success Associate

Schwitzer Student Center, 206