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Bridge Program honors latest college-bound seniors to complete Express Scripts Saturday Academy

Pattonville senior Tyler Wright was among 107 seniors to complete the UMSL Bridge Program’s Express Scripts Saturday Academy this year. He served as the master of ceremonies at the 35th annual Award Recognition Ceremony held virtually on Saturday. (Screenshots)

"Tyler Wright is winding down his senior year at Pattonville High School and still deciding on his future plans.

Wright knows he wants to study molecular biology.

“All my life, I have been deeply passionate about genetics,” he said to an audience of several hundred tuning into Saturday’s University of Missouri–St. Louis Bridge Program Express Scripts Saturday Academy Award Recognition Ceremony as it streamed on YouTube. “Even as a child, hearing about DNA filled my mind with images of a new frontier in my life. I knew that in the future, I would be striving to pursue a career in this field by attending a prestigious and revered college in which I can pursue a major in said field.”

He’s still figuring out where.

But Wright, who served as master of ceremonies for the 35th annual event, knows he has options that wouldn’t have been available to him were it not for the work he did through the Bridge Program over the past four years."


Since Express Scripts first announced the major investment two years ago, a dozen north St. Louis County teens have benefited from the scholarship support, including (front row, from left) Kendra Clark, Danielle Fedrick, Kalynn Clinton, Mya Miranda, Nick Rosario and Ahriel Foreman along with (back row, from left) Kevin Hall, Jenita Larry, Matthew Ayinmodu, Faith Ferguson and Sarah Staples.

Meet the newest UMSL Bridge Program Express Scripts Scholars

Mya Miranda finds it difficult to put into words how much her scholarship to attend the University of Missouri–St. Louis has meant on a personal level.

Felesha Clarke first recipient of the Dr. Donald Suggs Scholarship at UMSL

Clarke plans to study engineering through the Joint Engineering Program run in a partnership between UMSL and Washington University in St. Louis.

From tessellations to forensics, Summer Academy lessons shape St. Louis youth for future success

There’s a depth to the curriculum offered in Bridge that goes beyond the traditional school setting – and ultimately prepares them for what they will experience in college.

Express Scripts commits $2.5 million to UMSL’s precollegiate Bridge Program

A new partnership with Express Scripts will allow the University of Missouri–St. Louis to expand its efforts to help local young people thrive.

Ameren partners with UMSL to enhance Opportunity Scholars, Bridge programs

Ameren Corporation Chairman, President and CEO Warner Baxter announced the partnership as part of the company’s $2.5 million multifaceted initiative.

Bridge Program commends Saturday Academy participants

Held at America’s Center, the event marked the conclusion of another successful year of hard work by the students, parents, staff and faculty involved in Bridge.

UMSL offers "Bridge" to college

For more than 29 years, the UMSL Bridge Program has served St. Louis-area students by bulldozing barriers to college entry and paving the way for the leaders of tomorrow. 

UMSL Bridge Program honored for impact on St. Louis Community

When FOCUS St. Louis considers the question of which organizations and individuals are making a difference in the region, UMSL is among the answers.

Eye on UMSL: Summer Academy

UMSL alumnus Terrence L. Freeman, a professor of mechanical engineering at St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley, addresses Bridge student.

UMSL’s Bridge Program graduating another class of scholars

Bridge remains a highly successful program with 100 percent of participating seniors enrolling in post-secondary institutions.

UMSL student says Bridge Program helped in ‘so many ways’

“I said I was 100 percent against the idea,” said Williams. “But the UMSL Bridge Program ended up being a really great experience for me in so many ways.”

Bridge Program receives national award from College Board

“I am extremely proud of the tremendous work the Bridge Program has done for more than 26 years preparing young students for postsecondary educational opportunities.”

UMSL bridges gap between high school and college for some Hazelwood School District students

Bridge program reaches out to underserved students throughout the St. Louis area, helping them gain college, professional skills.