The Bridges Scholar Program is designed for first-year students who are enrolled in both Pre-Composition English and College Pre-Algebra allowing support and successful transition into a student's first year of college. Participation includes JumpStart (a pre-orientation program), bi-weekly mentoring and advising sessions, social activities, academic support, and more.
Students are selected to participate in the Bridges Scholar Program (BSP) during the admissions process. Due to the intentional commitment of this program, the cohort sizes are kept small.
The JumpStart pre-orientation program is the beginning of the college experience. Participants arrive on campus prior to Welcome Week, to engage with other scholars, acclimate to college life and gain a foundational start at Palm Beach Atlantic University. JumpStart allows students to gain knowledge of valuable resources needed throughout their collegiate career and also provides an opportunity to meet with faculty and staff members, department heads and student leadership groups. JumpStart days include a campus tour, an introduction to Palm Beach Atlantic University and the greater West Palm Beach area, career exploration, supplemental mathematics and English support, and mentoring by student leaders eager to enrich the lives of the first-year students.
Participants in the BSP all share the same First-Year Seminar class taken during their first semester at PBA. This course offers the student opportunities to continue relationships established during JumpStart week and to integrate subjects initiated during the JumpStart Program. Embedded in this course are opportunities to gain Workship hours, explore and research different majors and careers, create a graduation plan and hone their time management skills.
The Bridges Leadership Team, comprised of BSP student leaders, provide logistical support during JumpStart as well as ensuring the Bridges Scholar Program runs smoothly. In addition, the role of the leadership team is to serve as mentors to current BSP students. This includes modeling successful academic behavior, demonstrating different ways to engage socially and enriching spiritual growth.