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Our Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program fulfills an important part of our promise to help families who aspire to a better future. It also brings our mission to life, as employees across the company dedicate themselves to raising money to help fund the scholarships. From 5Ks to silent auctions, we’re excited to help students achieve their dreams.

Look who’s won the $25,000 Bridging the Dream Scholarship!

Join us in celebrating what extraordinary students can achieve with strength, perseverance, and determination. We are so excited and honored to help students bridge their dreams and make college happen.

Essence, Houston, TX

Essence is from a tight-knit, loving family. When she tragically lost her sister, Essence was determined to honor her and her entire family by becoming the first in the family to go to college.

She pushes herself both in and out of the classroom—stacking her schedule with AP and dual credit classes, climbing to the top 5% of her senior class, and going the distance in track and field. Her love of sports and health sciences have inspired her to want to help people as a chiropractor someday.

Essence has a giving spirit and gets along with everyone at her school. She’s never met a challenge she didn’t face head on and push through. What’s next? She’s going to bring that determination to a college campus.

Joe, Gladstone, MO

Joe had to grow up faster than most kids. As a freshman, he received news that his father was diagnosed with brain cancer. Joe stepped up to care for him and help pay the bills at home. Now, he wants to go to college, so he can continue to support himself and help his family.

Joe’s a natural leader at school. He inspires his peers to stand up for what they believe in and is a voice for those who don’t feel empowered. He’s taken an active role to bring change to his community, helping to organize a silent protest on National School Walkout Day. He’s also an exemplary student, excelling in college and advanced level classes, an Eagle Scout, and an actor and stage manager for his school’s drama club.

Joe’s mission is to help make the world a better place.

Doug, Saraland, AL

At twelve years old, Doug lost his dad and grandmother (his confidant) in the same year. When money became tight, he separated from his mom and siblings to live with a family friend and finish high school. At his new school, he faced challenges being Native American in a predominantly white student population.

Doug is driven. He thrives in academics and as captain of his football team. He’s earned multiple academic and athletic awards and will graduate with an honors diploma, the highest achievable. He assists with Special Olympics, coaches youth football, and participates in the annual Shell Chemical Clean-up Day.

In his pursuit of a bachelor’s and master’s degree in finance, Doug isn’t going to let anything stand in his way.


See our fundraising in action

The Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program brings our mission to life, as employees across the company dedicate themselves to raising money to help fund the scholarships. From 5Ks to silent auctions, we’re excited to help students achieve their dreams.

Bridging the Dream
 

9 remarkable students’ lives have already changed

Bridging The Dream - Kate's Story

Kate has big dreams. She’s a top student, involved in tennis, marching band, musical theater, film-making, piano, dance, and community service projects.

Bridging The Dream - Damian's Story

Damian consistently ranks as top of his class and is president of the Tri-M Music Honor Society, Ensemble, and the Gospel Choir. Nothing will stand in his way.

Bridging The Dream - Kylie's Story

Kylie is a member of student council, president of her local 4-H llama club, and plays the role of captain on her volleyball team. She dreams of becoming a teacher.

Bridging the Dream - Jobany's Story

Jobany’s an avid volunteer in his community, and president of his high school. Under Jobany’s leadership, his high school has become a significantly more welcoming community.

Bridging The Dream - Peter's Story

Peter wants the best education possible, so he can one day support his family financially. He holds a 4.0 while participating in soccer, drumming, tutoring, and volunteer activities.

Bridging The Dream - Bryana's Story

Bryana believes in helping people—at home, in school, and in her community. She dreams of becoming a nurse.

Bridging The Dream - Quinton's Story

Quinton uses every extra moment to develop skills that might help him stand out to colleges.

Bridging The Dream - Kendal's Story

Kendal’s committed to entering the medical field to make a difference in people’s lives.

Bridging the Dream - Kayla's Story

After a devastating house fire, Kayla drew on her dedication and determination to keep going.

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