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Bridges to the Future


If you are African-American, Hispanic or Latino, Native American, or member of any other ethnic/racial minority group that is under-represented in the biomedical sciences you may qualify for this unique program in Kansas.

What is it?

Bridges to the Bachelor's is a program sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and is aimed at under-represented minority students who wish to pursue careers in the Biomedical Sciences.


You may begin your studies at your community college and transfer to Kansas State University to complete your BS degree.


Kansas State University and three Kansas Community Colleges participate in this program: Dodge City Community College, Garden City Community College, and Seward County Community College.

Financial Aid?

This program offers full tuition at the community college and at Kansas State University to those who enter and continue with the program.

2014 Graduate Spotlight


Jenny Barriga (Dodge City, KS): May 2014 graduate in Chemistry, Jenny will be completing a year-long post-baccalaureate placement at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) before heading to Stanford University to begin her Ph.D in Biophysics in the fall of 2015Jenny is a graduate of the Bridges to the Future community college transfer program also sponsored by the NIH.  Jenny was also the first Developing Scholar to receive the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Its goal is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers by awarding scholarships to college students who intend to pursue careers in these fields. Jenny also just received a Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship as recognition for her exemplary scholarly work.