Bank of America Summer Bridge Program

Charlotte students demonstrate their team spirit.

Thanks to generous funding from Bank of America’s economic outreach program for students in the greater Charlotte region (defined as within 75 miles of Charlotte), JWU Charlotte is able to provide this 2.5-week residential summer experience for select accepted students. Summer Bridge primarily serves first-generation students and students from traditionally underserved high schools.

Summer Bridge runs on a cohort model, which means that the small group you start with (your “cohort”) stays together throughout the program and beyond! Once the summer transitions to fall and spring, you will continue to meet monthly with your Summer Bridge group, ensuring that everyone builds bonds with their peers and strengthens their sense of belonging throughout their first year.

Get a sneak peek at college life!

  • Meet other incoming first-year students and build a cohort
  • Live on campus for 2.5 weeks, before the semester starts
  • Participate in workshops and activities to help you succeed during your time at JWU
  • Pay NO additional cost — all program expenses are covered by a generous gift from Bank of America

What does the program offer me?

The BOA Summer Bridge Program cultivates a diverse community of scholars and prepares them to engage actively to meet the challenges of a small private university. The program supports students by providing:

  • Experience college life before arriving on campus in the fall
  • Free room & board and meals
  • Free laptop and educational tools that will assist you in your success at JWU
  • Take part in academic, personal, financial and career growth workshops
  • Peer, faculty and staff mentorship program
  • Volunteer opportunities

Funding Component

Students who successfully complete the program and other requirements will receive stipend funding for their first year.

  • Stipend for the fall semester after successful completion of the Summer Bridge program.
  • Stipend for the spring semester given participation in monthly fall cohort activities planned by peer leaders and attending weekly one-on-one tutoring throughout the semester.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the Summer Bridge program, you must:

  • Reside within 75 miles of Charlotte
  • Apply to and be accepted by JWU
  • File a 2024-25 FAFSA
Summer Bridge actually introduced me to a lot of amazing faculty and staff that I’m still in contact with today — and who are my resources!

JWU Charlotte students reflect on how the Bank of America Summer Bridge program positively impacted their college journey:

It’s given me an opportunity to get ahead on my classes — but also to get a feel for how college would be!

2024 Program Dates

  • Saturday, August 3 to Wednesday, August 21, 2024

Note: Because Summer Bridge is only 2.5 weeks, students must be prepared to commit to the full length of the program in order to be an eligible participant.

Want to Learn More?

Get more details about the program and answer all your questions by registering for one of our virtual information sessions. All information sessions are at 7pm EST.

Ready to Register?

To reserve your spot in the program, fill out the registration form in full:


Have questions? Contact Campus Admissions:

JWU Charlotte Admissions