Successful College Completion Can Be Real For All

Meant for More

Every scholar deserves the opportunity to succeed. At BridgeEdU we provide scholars with high-tech, high-touch solutions like our BridgeEdU On Campus program and our brand new YesU mobile app for financial aid planning. Our students are Meant for More. Are you?

On Campus Solution

The transition from high school to college can be a challenging time for our students.

Not an alternative to college or a traditional ‘gap year’, BridgeEdU is a new on-ramp to success, providing students with a personalized, affordable program for a semester or for a year. Our students gain invaluable skills in and out of the classroom and earn transferable college credits.

We partner with universities to implement programs that significantly increase retention and graduation rates.

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YesU Mobile App

We want students to understand the full cost of attending college and the myriad ways to maximize their aid.

BridgeEdU’s proprietary financial aid product, YesU is a dynamic and personalized mobile experience providing educational and motivational content leading students step by step through the four primary areas of college funding: federal aid, state aid, college grants and private scholarships.

YesU breaks down the daunting task of applying for financial aid, making it easier for students and parents to complete the process.

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BridgeEdU On Campus is Reinventing the First Year

The first year is a milestone.

BridgeEdU provides a suite of wraparound services and an experiential co-curriculum that works in harmony with our university partners. BridgeEdU Scholars matriculate at college and are actively supported by BridgeEdU throughout the first year and throughout their collegiate careers, facilitating long-term success. With BridgeEdU on their side, our students cross the finish line.

Our University Partners

Helping forge the future of higher education.

BridgeEdU works with universities and colleges to improve their retention and graduation rates. We provide in-person services for current and incoming students, fostering a supportive environment for them to thrive in college and beyond.

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Community College of Baltimore County

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Coppin State University

At CCBC, we realize that transitioning from high school to college can be a challenge for students who lack the necessary supports. Our partnership with BridgeEdu is a natural fit due to our shared strong commitment to student completion and success.

We appreciate BridgeEdu’s ability to address the varied needs of students from a holistic point of view. Providing assistance academically, financially and socially, we can work together to help all students achieve their academic and career potential.

Sandra L. Kurtinitis PhD, President, Community College of Baltimore County
From day one [Coppin] started planning with the BridgeEdU team so that we could have not only the academics needed, but the services that BridgeEdU was going to provide, to make a whole prescription for the students and what they needed.

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Dr. Maria Thompson, President, Coppin State University
Our investment in BridgeEdU supports an innovative social enterprise that provides intervention services to students and improves college retention among at-risk students starting in their first year of postsecondary attainment. This aligns well with Lumina’s equity imperative and college completion initiative, exemplifying the Foundation’s use of impact investing tools to drive mission.

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Kiko Suarez, VP Communications and Innovation, Lumina Foundation
Our latest public-private partnership is with BridgeEdU. It’s a company that was started by Wes Moore to help students in their first year who people would traditionally call underprepared. I don’t like to use that phrase, I like to say underserved or differently prepared.
His company and my university are partnering through a grant through Kaiser Permanente and some other private sources. The goal is that more students out of Baltimore City who were not thinking about, or in any way considering going to college, but absolutely have the talent with the right wraparound services can get into college and complete.
Dr. Maria Thompson, President, Coppin State University

Transforming Students into Scholars

Our scholars bring different assets to the table.

By maximizing financial aid and student retention rates, BridgeEdU helps our scholars defy the statistics. We provide on-campus services that deliver increased graduation rates and students who are invested in their futures.

“This is my year of redemption, my year of taking back what’s mine. I now have a new mindset, and I’m getting my life together. This journey and this new way of thinking about my life is what #MeantForMore means to me.”
Carlos Brown, Jr, BridgeEdU '17
“I am here because I want to grow into a positive example for other women, and because I want to help them succeed. I want to show them that they can go through obstacles like those that I went through, and still become a success.”
Jaida Mullen, BridgeEdU '17
“Being #MeantForMore, to me, means that you recognize that you have potential. I can and will achieve greatness…I understand now that I have a lot of hidden potential, and I want to tap into that.”
Mistura Rasheed, BridgeEdU '17

Our Leadership Team

Wes Moore is the Founder and CEO of BridgeEdU.

Wes founded BridgeEdU with the purpose of building a better on-ramp to higher education and career preparedness. By providing an innovative path to higher education excellence, BridgeEdU aims to engage scholars in a new way while democratizing the pathway to college completion.

Moore is the author of two New York Times Best Seller books: The Other Wes Moore, and The Work. He has been featured by USA Today, TIME Magazine, “Meet the Press,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show”, and appears regularly on MSNBC and NPR, among many others.

Moore graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Valley Forge Military College and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University. He also completed an MLitt in International Relations from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Afterward, Wes served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division in the United States Army and completed in a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Wes Moore, Founder & CEO
Prior to co-founding BridgeEdU, Nick Kouwenhoven served in several leadership positions at Sylvan Learning, including Vice President of Operations, Product Management, Communications and Support.

While at Sylvan, Nick led its math and college prep businesses, brought the first online math solution to market, and managed all franchise-facing communications for the company.

Nick also spent six years as Director of Business Development and Academic Testing at Prometric, Inc., the world’s leading provider of computer-based assessment and examination services.

He began his career in leading advertising agencies in New York and product management at MCI after earning a BA in History and French from Connecticut College, and an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.

Nick Kouwenhoven, Co-Founder & COO
Debora Johnson-Ross has held faculty and leadership positions at McDaniel College for the past 14 years. Her experience with first year programs, second year programs and academic assessment has made her an invaluable asset in shaping the work of BridgeEdU. As a political scientist, Debora has taught courses incorporating social entrepreneurship and service learning and is an expert on Cameroon politics.

Debora is on the boards of LINK-Up Development Group (Cameroon), the Bryant Educational Leadership Group, and the Common Ground on the Hill. She earned an AB in Government from Wofford College, an MS in Contract and Acquisition Management from Florida Institute of Technology, and an MA and PhD in International Studies from the University of South Carolina. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and a Fulbright Scholar.

Dr. Debora Johnson-Ross, Vice President of Academic Innovation

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