BOSTON, May 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Fullbridge, a professional development and education company that prepares young professionals to succeed in the global economy, announces it is forming the Fullbridge Opportunity Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit providing grants for first-generation and underserved students to participate in their career-accelerator programs at no cost. The foundation plans to expand by funding various other types of programs including coding boot camps, leadership programs for high school students, vocation specific training programs, and other workshops all in an effort to help first-generation and historically underserved students succeed in today's competitive job market.
This summer the Foundation is donating $45,000 in scholarships for 30 students from Cornell University and Duke University to attend Fullbridge programs on their campuses. Fullbridge is further demonstrating its commitment to supporting first-generation and historically underserved students by offering two programs at no cost for 72 students at Miami Dade College and the Colorado Community College System.
The program dates are as follows:
- Miami Dade College: May 11-22
- Cornell University: May 18-23
- The Colorado Community College System: June 1-12 and August 3-14
- Duke University: August 17-21
Fullbridge programs train students in business fundamentals and employment management skills, including professional communication, business research and analysis, financial literacy, team and project management as well as creative problem solving.
"In 2011, we founded Fullbridge to help transform successful college students into effective professionals with a clear sense of direction," stated Candice Carpenter Olson, Co-CEO and Founder of Fullbridge. "Now, we are in a position to serve first-generation students, many of whom are historically underserved and lack the resources to participate in internships or pay for career accelerator programs. The scholarships we are offering for first-generation scholarship students at Duke and Cornell programs are just the first step in our goals for the Foundation."
Directors for the Fullbridge Opportunity Foundation include Barbara Roberts, James Applegate and Jennifer Fremont-Smith. Roberts is an advisor to the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at the Columbia Business School and manages several projects for the Center. She is recognized as an expert in all stages of entrepreneurship, and has experience in company ownership and in working with entrepreneurs and businesses of all sizes and stages of development. Applegate is the Executive Director for the Illinois Board of Higher Education. He previously served as Vice President for Strategic Impact at the Lumina Foundation for Education, the largest foundation in the United States solely focused on improving college access and success, where he led grant investments totaling nearly $200 million. Fremont-Smith is the founder and CEO of Krash, a network of shared living spaces, called KrashPads. She has held multiple CEO and COO roles in the product strategy, skills assessment and broader tech spaces.
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