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Westphal BRIDGE Scholars Program

A community of creative scholars

The Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design has established a new BRIDGE Scholars Program to enhance the success of underrepresented minority and first-generation students by creating a comprehensive learning community for future leaders. The program is modeled after Lebow College's successful BRIDGE (Build Relationships in Diverse Group Experiences) Program - created in 2012 to foster a sense of belonging, engagement, and empowerment for Drexel students.

The Westphal BRIDGE Scholars Program cultivates a welcoming, inclusive community through workshops, activities, and resources aimed to increase the graduation rates of underrepresented minority and first-generation students in the Westphal College by focusing on:

  • Academic Achievement: Students will be provided with individualized academic support and intentional interdisciplinary collaboration to ensure persistence and graduation.
  • Community Engagement: Students will participate in service-learning opportunities in the local community and abroad. Students will also serve as peer mentors to other students within the College.
  • Career Capital: Students will learn how to develop career capital via workshops, industry-specific career fairs, speaker engagements, and networking opportunities with prominent alumni and industry professionals.
  • Holistic Support: Students will engage in activities that promote positive self-care, mental health, and personal well-being.
  • Dedicated Staff: The Westphal BRIDGE Scholars Program is managed by staff committed to the success of underrepresented minority and first-generation students in the College.

Application Process

The Westphal BRIDGE Scholars Program is open to incoming first-year students starting in fall 2022. To apply for the BRIDGE Scholars Program, click here. Questions about the application process? Contact Denise Marie Snow, Westphal BRIDGE Program Director, at


Join the movement & give!

Interested in supporting the Westphal BRIDGE Scholars Program? Click here or contact Nikolas Kozel, Executive Director of Development, at