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The Radford University College of Science and Technology Summer Bridge program is a week-long residential experience for rising sophomore, junior, and senior high school girls interested in science, technology, and mathematics. The 2014 edition of the program will take place from Sunday, July 13 – Friday, July 18, 2014.

Thanks to many generous donors and sponsors of the program, full scholarships will be awarded competitively to participants. The scholarships cover all costs of the program for recipients.

Donors and Sponsors

  • ATK
  • Areva Nuclear Power
  • Dr. Cliff Boyd and Dr. Donna Boyd
  • Dominion Resources
  • Jessie Ball duPont Fund
  • RU Alumna Ms. Dale Lee
  • Lynchburg Community Trust
  • Novozymes Biologicals
  • Harry and Zoe Poole Foundation 
  • Upward Bound Martinsville

Through classroom lessons, laboratory experiments, and field experiences, Radford University professors draw students in to the wonders of:

  • Space Exploration - create a Martian rover
  • Geology - study the making of mountains
  • Forensic Science – combat “hackers” and analyze “crime scenes”
  • Genes, Molecules and Medicine - learn about the biology and chemistry applications in medicine
  • Environmental Science - studying habitats through examination of the environment

Curriculum Options

During the appilcation process, students will be able to select her first and second choice from the group curriculum options. Please review the curriculum options. You will be asked to choose your curriculum preferences on the application.


Application Instructions

Please read the detailed application instructions before beginning the application process.  Thanks to the efforts of our donors and sponsors, we now have additional scholarships to award.  We can continue to accept applications to allow young women the opportunity to take advantage of this opportunity.  Please contact David Horton at rhorton@radford.edu for more information.


Scholarships to Summer Bridge are awarded competitively and cover the full cost of the program. Scholarship recipients are currently receiving letters of acceptance. Students who do not receive scholarships and want to participate in Summer Bridge, may have the option of paying $400, the cost of tuition, room and board, to attend.


Participants are expected to share a room in on-campus housing (double occupancy). Roommates will be assigned.


Participants or participants’ parents/guardians are responsible for transportation to the Radford University campus on Sunday, July 13, 2014 and back home on Friday, July 18, 2014.

For more information about the program contact the RU College of Science and Technology at 540-831-5958 or email rucsat@radford.edu






The RU college of Science and Technology Summer Bridge Program makes a major impact in the lives of participants.  For more information, please view the Summer Bridge Infographic pdf by clicking here.

Past Summer Bridge participants

Kelsey McGee, left, and Diana Mendoza with President Kyle after the Summer Bridge dinner at the Radford Norwood Room.

Summer Bridge 2013 was a great success thanks to the students, faculty and staff who came together for a wonderful week-long experience. More information about the 2013 edition of the program can be found in this story: Summer Bridge inspires STEM education for high school girls.