Salute Scholars Program
Supporting Students from Admission to Graduation and Beyond
The Bridge Builders Foundation Scholarship Program was initiated in 1982 and annually awards educational scholarships for minority youth based on their commitment to attend a four-year college, their civic and community involvement, and their scholarly attainments and aspirations. The program awards initial scholarships for current graduating high school seniors and continuing renewal scholarships for those continuing their education at a 4-year college. Additionally, the program includes supplemental student tracking, and supportive mentor services that helps students to address issues that often impede and deters academic progress. Our goal is to maximize college graduation rates for African American males, which historically has been a problem. To date over $500,000 in scholarships has been awarded.
Support the Salute Scholars Fundraising Campaign
With your donation, we’re able to annually give 100 African American males financial scholarships to attend college and provide individual mentorship to aid in their academic success.
Since 2010, 65% of our student participants have graduated within 4 years, and 82% within 6 years, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Just 41% of all first-time full-time college students earn a bachelor’s degree in 4 years, and only 59% earn a bachelor’s degree in 6 years. The national 4-year average is 33.3% for public schools, and 52.8% for private colleges; and the 6-year average is 36% for African American males. (US Department of Education)
Overall College Readiness
100% of our student participants report an increase in “knowledge and confidence” related to entering college after attending BBF’s Successful Strategies educational sessions. In addition, our students report reduced anxiety and apprehension about college after receiving our Conflict Resolution and Remediation Strategy instruction from same-race, same-gender instructors.
Scholars are encouraged to give back through volunteerism with the Bridge BBF programs, as well as other local and school organizations. Community service is one criterion for initial and recurring renewal scholarships. Mentors help students identify local community service opportunities. These activities support BBF efforts to change the narrative for African American males.