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How much does it cost?
There is no application fee and no cost to attend the program.

Should I apply?
If you are currently a sophomore from the Chicago area who meets at least one of the following criteria: first generation, low income, or African American or Latino, and you are seeking to grow in academic knowledge and Christian faith, you are eligible for Wheaton College's B.R.I.D.G.E. Program. Wheaton College will evaluate and select applicants based upon leadership qualities, Christian commitment and academic achievement. To qualify for the scholarship, you must complete the four-week summer program two years in a row.

How do I apply?
To apply for the B.R.I.D.G.E. program, you will need to provide a completed application form (PDF), three letters of recommendation and a high school transcript. Interviews are required.

What will students do on weekends?
Saturday: Scholars will spend Saturday mornings catching up on sleep and homework and Saturday afternoons participating in recreational outings. A family weekend will be held the second Saturday of BRIDGE.

Sunday: Each Sunday, scholars will visit a different church in the community. After church, students will be free until 6:00pm.

Do I need to do anything to be eligible to return for the second summer?
To be eligible to return for the second summer, students must continue to demonstrate academic achievement and participate in BRIDGE sponsored activities throughout the school year.

How will BRIDGE be different each of the two summers?
During the first summer, students will receive a general overview of the liberal arts in the context of faith and learning and will focus on developing skills that will help them continue to succeed in high school.

The second summer, students will focus on preparing for the academic and social transition into college. Students will participate in two month-long college level courses taught by Wheaton College professors as well as complete at least three college applications. As a final project, each student will choose one local or global community issue they would like to address through an outreach project.

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