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TRIO Student Support Services Summer Bridge Scholar Program Overview

What is Summer Bridge?

A program to “bridge” the gap between high school and the rigors of college-level material in the academic year.  The program provides a hands-on approach to introduce students to the support services available and will help you implement various learning skills and study techniques to prepare you to be successful throughout your college career.

Why should you attend Summer Bridge?

Besides getting a head start on your college career, you will

  • Build friendships with other students before the academic year begins,
  • Connect with staff and peers in a supportive learning environment,
  • Enhance your knowledge of academic resources,
  • Become more familiar with the support and resources the TRIO SSS program provides and
  • Have fun!

How much does Summer Bridge cost you?

The Summer Bridge program is FREE to students accepted for the 2021-22 academic year. TRIO SSS pays for meals, housing, Summer Bridge course materials, workshops and activities. Students are encouraged to bring money for other miscellaneous personal expenses.

Where will I stay?

TRIO SSS bridge participants will stay together in a Northwest residence hall. Off-campus students are eligible to participate in Summer Bridge, too. It is mandatory that off-campus students attend ALL scheduled activities if commuting from their residence.

What is the Acceptance Process?

  • Participants must have an academic need, meet TRIO-SSS eligibility criteria, agree to participate in the TRIO-SSS program, and plan to graduate from Northwest within six years.
  • Complete the online TRIO SSS Summer Bridge Program Application.
  • Selected applicants will be contacted by the TRIO SSS staff for a brief follow up on the application.
  • Northwest encourages prospective students and parents to participate in Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR). While multiple dates are available for SOAR, TRIO SSS Participants may choose to attend the July 24 SOAR date in conjunction with the bridge program. SOAR registration is limited, so please secure your spot soon.

Apply for Summer Bridge