College access and success program Bridges to a Brighter Future at Furman University will select members of its 25th class in the coming days. Through a gift from philanthropist Mamie Jolley Bruce, Bridges to a Brighter Future welcomed its first class in 1997. Greenville Journal spoke with Carrie Silver, program director, Furman Board of Trustees member and former First Lady Susan Shi, and an alumna from the program and Furman University, Nalisha Henry ’06, a psychology graduate.
“I like to say Bridges is a microcosm of what I wished the world looked like,” Henry said. She added that Bridges, a program that serves Greenville County high schools, levels the playing field for students who are gifted but face challenges and who are often the first generation in their families to attend college.