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Featured Scholar

DeSousa-Brent Scholars excel in the classroom and beyond.


Promoting Inclusiveness

Historic St. Mary's City

Scholars host annual visits to high schools and community centers in Maryland and Washington, DC, to promote St. Mary's to talented high school students.



Going away to college is one of the most exciting but one of the most challenging experiences in our lives. At DBSP Summer Bridge, incoming Scholars and their families are greeted by a community committed to helping them make a smooth—and fun!—transition into the rigors of college life. Participants receive advising assistance, introductions to college coursework, and social events that help them begin to feel at home at St. Mary’s.

Our focus during DB Summer Bridge is to cultivate understanding of:

  • How college classes are structured 
  • How to use technology as a tool for time management, communication, and academic efforts
  • How to ease the anxiety students often feel about approaching a new academic undertaking
  • How to balance attention to academics with attention to physical and emotional needs
  • How to use campus support services, including recreational facilities, in one’s quest for success

Benefits of participating in DB Summer Bridge include:

  • Opportunity to earn two college credits
  • Opportunities to meet and form connections with peer mentors and other first-year Scholars
  • Opportunities to make connections with professors and administrators who will help Scholars adjust to college life

Families may join the Scholars for Family Weekend. Enjoy special programming, including workshops for parents, receptions with DeSousa-Brent supporters, and the Friday evening River Concert Series. We provide accommodations for up to four family members. 

View the Summer Bridge Schedule from 2013