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  • What is the Ivory Bridges Fellowship?
    Ivory Bridges Foundation provides a pathway to an equitable future for talented first-generation college seniors by supporting them through a year of enrichment and intention.
  • What are the benefits of being an Ivory Bridges Fellow?
    • $8,000 scholarship • 100% savings-match challenge up to $2,000 • 1-on-1 career coaching sessions to outline career goals • 1-on-1 financial coaching sessions to build healthy financial habits • 1-on-1 wellness coaching sessions to nourish a strong sense of self • Access to an encouraging and supportive professional community and network
  • Who is eligible?
    For this cycle, our application is currently open to rising seniors attending four-year universities in San Diego County who will be graduating in Spring or Summer 2024. Eligible institutions include CSUSM, SDSU, UCSD, and USD. If you want to know your eligibility, please email
  • How do I know if I’m a first-generation college student?
    • Neither parent completed a 4-year college or university degree in the United States. • You are still first-generation if your siblings attend or graduated from a college or university.
  • Are students who are undocumented eligible?
    Yes, we encourage undocumented students to apply to our fellowship.
  • Are transfer students eligible?
    Yes, we encourage all students to apply to our fellowship.
  • How do I apply?
    We’re glad you’re interested in becoming an Ivory Bridges Foundation Fellow. Please navigate to our application tab to begin applying.
  • What is the savings match challenge?
    During your fellowship year, you will work with our Financial Coach to develop a savings plan. At the end of your fellowship, we will match dollar-for-dollar up to $2,000.
  • What is a career coach?
    Our fellows have access to a career coach in addition to a financial coach and a wellness coach. A career coach provides expert advice and guidance in outlining career goals, resume and cover letter writing, and job searching. We ask that our fellows meet with their career coach four times throughout their fellowship year.
  • What is a financial coach?
    A financial coach empowers their clients to reach their financial goals and learn how to handle their finances responsibly. They teach their clients the basics of personal finance and assist them in developing and maintaining healthy financial habits. We ask that our fellows meet with their financial coach four times throughout their fellowship year.
  • What is a wellness coach?
    Our wellness coach will facilitate sessions at our fall and spring conferences regarding self-care, overcoming challenges, and cultivating resilience. We ask that our fellows meet with their wellness coach four times throughout their fellowship year.
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