In 2016, four amazing students’ futures changed when they each received our $25,000 Bridging the Dream Scholarship. This year, we’re pleased to offer the scholarship program again to help send a new group of deserving students to college.

The Bridging the Dream Scholarship is an especially meaningful project for us. It embodies what we set out to do every day—to help make college happen for families around the country. This commitment is reflected in our employees around the country, who raise money on their own time to help fund the scholarships. We believe that by helping people get the education they want, we can help them have a better future.

If you’d like to help make the dream of college a reality for deserving students, your generous donation can make a difference.

We’re asking counselors and community leaders to nominate high school students who have excelled in some way—in academics, athletics, the community, or school activities—but who may come up financially short of fulfilling their college dreams. Nominations are being accepted through September 7, 2017, or until 1,000 are received—whichever occurs first. Nominate your student now.

We’ll announce and celebrate the scholarship winners beginning in November 2017.


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Bridging the Dream 2016

The journey to college isn’t easy. But four amazing students from around the country each won $25,000 for college in the 2016 Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program. See how they’re working to achieve their dreams with planning, determination, and help from the scholarship.

Bryana pushes forward when life pushes back

Nothing’s ever come easy to Bryana, but she’s not going to let anything stand in her way of getting the future she wants. See what she’s doing to get the education she needs so she can thank her family and everyone who’s helped her along the way.

Kendal's determination is paving her way to college

Kendal keeps moving ahead when life takes her on an emotional and financial rollercoaster. As an honor student and standout athlete, she’s putting a plan in place to achieve her dreams, no matter what life throws at her. See how she’s working for the future she wants.

Kayla won’t let anything keep her from college

Some might give up when their life is turned upside down. But not Kayla. Even after losing everything when her home burns down, she draws on her dedication and determination to keep going. See how she moves ahead to make it to college so she can change the world.

Quinton flips the script on his college future

He stepped up to help his family and now Quinton’s doing whatever he can—as a high-flying aerialist, great student, and gymnastics teacher—to make his dream of being a pediatric surgeon a reality. See how he’s working to make the future he wants.

This is a weight lifted off my shoulders…I can support myself now with this scholarship. This scholarship is a dream come true.

Bryana B.,
2016 Bridging the Dream scholarship winner

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