Our founder and chairman, Wes Moore, established BridgeEdU with the purpose of building better on-ramps to higher education and career preparedness for underserved students.
BridgeEdu is a product of Wes’ experience growing up after witnessing the death of his father in Baltimore. He navigated childhood challenges, successfully graduated Phi Theta Kappa from Valley Forge Military College and Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University, and then became a Rhodes scholar at Oxford University.
Wes believes in supporting populations of students who need assistance throughout their first two years of college, which are arguably the most difficult to complete. “Potential is universal, but opportunity is not,” said Wes.
By providing an innovative path to higher education excellence, BridgeEdU aims to engage students of promise in a new way while democratizing the pathway to college completion. Wes believes there is a moral imperative for universities and institutions to provide appropriate supports to underserved students.
BridgeEdU is proud to fulfill Wes’ vision for students of promise—those who can and should succeed in college if they get the opportunity to do so.
After Oxford, Moore served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division in the US Army and completed a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan. He now serves as the CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation, New York City’s largest poverty-fighting organization.
Wes first came to national prominence with the publication of his New York Times bestselling book, The Other Wes Moore. He then published his second New York Times Bestseller The Work, a book detailing how work can help one discover passion and purpose.
USA Today, TIME Magazine, Meet the Press, and The Oprah Winfrey Show has featured him on TV. Wes appears regularly on MSNBC and NPR, among many others.