Higher education is associated with a number of benefits for both the degree holder and their family, including improved health, increased equity, and better social conditions. ULYP works with capable students from secondary schools in Lebanon to prepare them for success. We have seen the students’ personal success in their education and careers spill over to their families and communities. At ULYP, quality secondary and college education is key to sustained personal and professional success and to inspiring positive change within communities.
Bridge enrolls students, who meet the eligibility criteria, engages them in a college preparatory program and finally matches them with scholarships for undergraduate degrees in universities in Lebanon and abroad. Like all of ULYP’s programs, Bridge aims at preparing the youth to become active agents of change in their communities and beyond.
Students who enroll in the Bridge program go through the following journey:
1. University Preparatory Course (UPC): prepares students for university entrance exams such as the SAT and English language proficiency exams like TOEFL and IELTS. Annually, 150 students are carefully selected per set criteria to start the journey towards university education with the Bridge UPC Program. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we shifted to online learning for the time being.
2. University Counseling and Guidance: offers 11th and 12th grade students career/university guidance, application assistance, and guidance related to personal and professional development. We maintain this mentorship throughout the students’ university years and beyond, giving our program an actual longevity of 5-6 years. On average, 350 scholarship applicants receive guidance support throughout their final years of high school.
3. University Funding: understanding the limitations of the extreme financial burden these students face, the Bridge Program matches students with potential donors and secures their university funding. We draw on four sources for this funding: Bridge's partnerships with various universities in Lebanon and abroad; various institutional, governmental and private scholarships; direct funding through ULYP. Each year, we award around 100 scholarships for underprivileged youth living in Lebanon.
BRIDGE IN NUMBERS
To date, over 900 students have benefited from the Bridge Program and matched with scholarships granted to ULYP.
As of spring 2021, we have over 700 alumni who graduated from universities in Lebanon and abroad.
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