"The Bridges program made my transition from a community college to Kansas State University a pleasant experience. I have met several people that have had a positive influence on my career. The research experience I gained in this program made me a stronger competitor when applying to the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine."
- Alejandra Desormaux, veterinarian, formerly Seward County Community College
"The main benefit about the Bridges Program experience was the gradual introduction of the immense magnitude a university environment such as K-State can be. The connections that you make with people, as well as the familiarity of the campus, is something that definitely helped me 'bridge' or transition from the much different environment that a community college provides. In my opinion, the Bridges Program is an exceptional program that is definitely optimal for transfer students."
- Victor Salazar, engineer, formerly Dodge City Community College
"After three years in the Bridges to the Future program, I am now a second-year dental student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry and hope to someday help young dreamers like myself by providing opportunities like the ones presented to me through the Bridges program. It is not only about envisioning your dreams, but also about finding a path to help you get there. The Bridges program has been that path for me, without which I would not be where I am today."
- Eduardo Acosta, dental school, formerly Dodge City Community College
“Upon finishing my associate degree in sciences, I transferred to Kansas State University through the NIH Bridges Program to pursue my bachelor degree in Nutrition Sciences with a hope to continue my career in Medicine. Through Bridges, I became involved in the Developing Scholars Program. The counseling, support and education from these programs provided important aspects of my success. Developing Scholars Program at Kansas State University required an annual research presentation which not only encouraged my involvement in research projects with various professors at the university but also provided great contribution for my future as it demonstrated my hard-work, experiences, skills and achievements. As a first family member to graduate from college and now become a physician, I acknowledge the great impact of Bridges to the Future and Developing Scholars Program for my success and experiences. I got to meet some highly motivational individuals through these programs who also strive through various obstacles in their life to pursue the dream of higher education.”
-Hieu Doan, M.D., clinical assistant professor, formerly Garden City Community College