The Bridge Scholars Program

The Bridge Scholars Program allows enrolling students to participate in rigorous academic instruction in either calculus or physics and the development of skills necessary for academic and personal success at Rensselaer. The 6 week summer program is comprised of a two week residential program for participants to develop early academic and social success skills through academic mentoring, career development, access to academic support resources, and enrichment seminars that focus on excelling in the uniquely demanding Rensselaer environment. The two week residential program is followed by a four weeks online in subject matter content. The summer culminates in students moving back on to campus early to start their semester off by participating in Orientation and Navigating Rensselaer and Beyond Overnight Experiences and Day trips.

Accepted Students Day

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Program Benefits

Students who successfully complete the requirements of the program will receive:

  • $2,500 scholarship per year, renewable
  • Costs for the summer program including tuition, fees, housing, & meals, covered.
  • Advanced preparation in either Physics or Calculus.
  • Early access and exposure to campus life and resources.
  • Your choice of a 3 day, 2 night adventure trip as part of Navigating Rensselaer and Beyond.
  • Make connections with key university upper-class mentors, faculty, staff, and administrators.
  • In addition, students will learn good study habits and time management.
  • Hands-on experience with the academic rigor at Rensselaer.
  • Ability to meet and network with Rensselaer faculty, staff, and upper-class students.
  • Preference for the Garnett Baltimore Research and Entrepreneurial Scholars program and assistance in obtaining a research and entrepreneurial experience experience.

Program Requirements

Students must complete the following to be eligible for program benefits.

  • Six-week academic readiness course in either calculus or physics 
    • 6 weeks online.
  • Student Orientation
  • Navigating Rensselaer and Beyond Overnight and Day programs
  • Academic year meetings and workshops not to exceed 1 hour per week
  • Research or entrepreneurial activity with Rensselaer for students who apply and meet eligibilty criteria.  Some funded positions are available through the the Garnett Baltimore Research and Entrepreneurial Scholars program



Rae Anderson, '19 Mathematics

"Throughout the Bridge program, I was introduced to many staff and faculty. They all seemed to be genuinely interested in my success as a student. The relationships I built with these community members only strengthened during my first semester. So much that when I decided to change majors, one of the professors from Bridge took on the role of being my academic advisor.

Bridge played a huge role in my adjustment to college. In my time at RPI, I have faced many personal issues. Each time, I knew exactly where to go for help. I was comfortable with doing so because the staff had already shown me they were invested in my success. Now, in my third year, I am always excited to see fellow Bridge scholars walking around campus. I make a conscious effort to say hello and ask them how their time at RPI is going so far. If they need help, I try to give them advice, or even help if the problem is math homework. I am very proud to call myself a Bridge Scholar!"

Eligibility and Selection

This program is by invitation only and students are identified by admissions. To be eligible you must have paid your deposit confirming your enrollment at Rensselaer for the fall 2019 semester. International students and students enrolling at other institutions are not eligible to participate in this program. 


If you have questions about the 2020 Bridge Scholars Program, please contact: Assistant Dean, Sherry Gunn by telephone at 518-276-8022 or at your convenience.

National Science Foundation and the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program

The Bridge Scholars Program at Rensselaer Poltechnic Institute is funded in part through the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program, a National Science Foundation program intended to support historically underrepresented students in the STEM fields. This program is aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs, and increasing the number of students interested in, academically qualified for and matriculated into programs of graduate study. LSAMP supports sustained and comprehensive approaches that facilitate achievement of the long-term goal of increasing the number of students who earn doctorates in STEM fields, particularly those from populations underrepresented in STEM fields. 

LSAMP was named in honor of former congressman, Louis Stokes, who spent his life serving and defending those in need.