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Bridges to a Brighter Future students enroll in college

Bridges students enroll in college, sizedTwenty Greenville County high school graduates and participants in Furman University’s Bridges to a Brighter Future will enroll in college. Nearly all the graduates will be enrolling as first-generation college students.

The mission of Bridges to a Brighter Future is to give students the tools and support they need to overcome barriers, graduate from high school and enroll in post-secondary education.

Director of Bridges to a Brighter Future Pam Davis says, “We couldn’t be more proud of our Bridges graduates. They have worked so hard, overcome obstacles and are achieving their goals of graduating high school and attending college. The beauty of the Bridges to a Brighter Future family is that we will continue supporting them as they cross the bridge and transition from high school to college. We look forward to seeing the successes that await each one of them.”

The 20 students will participate in “Crossing the Bridge,” a college transition and retention component designed to ensure Bridges students enroll in college, stay in college, and graduate. It includes a week-long intensive summer program on the Furman campus, ongoing advisement and support in college, and career mentoring through college graduation.

The graduating Bridges to a Brighter Future students and their chosen colleges are:

Berea High School: Cole Foster (Anderson University); Callie McKenzie (Converse College)
Carolina High School: Quan McMorris (Greenville Technical College)
Greenville High School: Rebekah Harrison (Greenville Technical College)
Greenville Tech Charter High School: Natalie McCray (University of Richmond)
Greer Middle Charter High School: Mutaz Sarhan (Furman University)
Greer High School: Marcos Juarez (Greenville Technical College); Deontae Taylor (Art Institute of Charlotte)
Hillcrest High School: Austin Brown (Newberry College); Nevonne Burrell (University of South Carolina); Youstina Rezkalla (University of South Carolina); Jaalin Scott (Randolph Macon College)
JL Mann High School: Andres Isaza (Duke University)
Legacy Charter High School: Angel Clayton (Benedict College)
Riverside High School: Fabby Gonzalez (Furman University)
Southside High School: Kimberly McCall (University of South Carolina-Upstate)
Travelers Rest High School: Brittany Drummond (Greenville Technical College); Amyas Jackson (Diablo Valley College, Calif.)
Wade Hampton High School: Jaylan Eichelberger (Morris College); Grecia Guerrero (Greenville Technical College)

Since the program was launched in 1997, more than 460 students have participated in Bridges to a Brighter Future.

Learn more about Bridges to a Brighter Future at, or contact program director Pam Davis at (864) 294-3135, or


Last updated June 7, 2015
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