BCCC Mayor’s Scholars – Summer Bridge


Preparing Baltimore High School Graduates for College

The Mayor’s Scholars Program (MSP) at Baltimore City Community College is a College Promise initiative that offers scholarships to Baltimore City high school students. Participants either attend BCCC tuition-free and earn an associate degree, or complete a workforce development program.


“Through the Mayor’s Scholars Program, we are enabling this current generation of high school graduates to achieve their potential without the financial burden that so often proves an insurmountable obstacle to higher education and the opportunities it makes possible,” said Mayor Catherine Pugh.


According to Baltimore’s Promise, nearly 75 percent of Baltimore City high school graduates who enroll in a two- or four-year college need to take a remedial course. To target this issue, the Mayor’s Scholars Program—through BridgeEdU—offers a seven-week bridge college transition program that eases the transition from high school to college while building a strong academic foundation for long-term success.

How It Works


The program integrates the full suite of BridgeEdU services and interventions—both in-person and tech-enabled approaches—to support academic momentum among students, including:


  • In-depth student academic assessments;
  • College-success needs assessments and career inventories;
  • Tailored and accelerated academic tutoring;
  • Financial aid education and financial literacy;
  • Planning for the cost of attendance;
  • Tools and workshops to build personal and professional social capital; and
  • Dashboards and mobile alerts to track incremental progress.


In addition, students also tour campus facilities and meet key faculty, advisors, and student leaders to learn more about what BCCC has to offer.

Results and Outcomes


As a result of the MSP bridge program, 85 percent of the 387 students registered for BCCC in the fall, drastically reducing summer melt. Approximately 30 percent of the students improved at least one grade level in English and 12 percent improved at least one grade level in math. Further, 43 percent earned three college credits over the summer, and 91 percent said the program helped prepare them for the start of college classes.

Case Studies

For Coppin State, the BridgeEdU program is a new source of qualified and motivated students that are far more likely to stay and graduate.

CCBC and BridgeEdU have created an innovative curriculum that allows for early academic success and stronger retention.

Virginia Tech is using the Student Opportunity Achievement Resources (SOAR) program to strengthen its diversity initiatives.

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