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About the Diversity in Business Bridge Program

The Diversity in Business Bridge Program (DBBP) is designed to recruit and retain historically marginalized students from the state of Alabama, who are underrepresented at the University (i.e. Hispanic/Latino, African American, Native American). Dedicated college financial support will be available to program graduates who enroll at UA to pursue a degree in business.

The 2024 DBBP will be held on The University of Alabama campus on June 23-29, 2024.

The Bridge Program gives students interested in business fields the opportunity to gain professional development, attain skills needed for success in college, enhance their critical thinking skills, and be introduced to functional business areas (e.g., marketing, accounting, entrepreneurship).

Additionally, students will learn how to set goals and understand financial literacy to become more personally, fiscally, and socially responsible in life and within companies.

Students will learn from the world-renowned Culverhouse College of Business faculty. After successfully completing the program, students admitted to the University of Alabama will be eligible for financial support at The Culverhouse College of Business.

Thanks to Protective Life Corporation for their support, which has made this program possible. 


The Diversity in Business Bridge Program is designed to prepare students for the transition to college and support postsecondary success for underrepresented students by providing academic, social, and professional skills essential to be successful in business majors in college. Students will prepare for academic and social success by engaging in sessions about various business areas such as operations management and economics and in experiential activities. Moreover, students will be able to experience campus life and build social and professional networks with other students, faculty, staff, and business professionals.

Who’s Eligible?

Students who are rising seniors from Alabama high schools can apply to the program. The Diversity in Business Bridge Program is designed for Alabama students from historically marginalized groups who are underrepresented in business (i.e., African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American) and are interested in learning about a career in business.

When Will It Start?

The program will be held on campus, with housing and food provided, on  June 23-29, 2024. Any UA and Culverhouse safety guidelines and protocols will be followed.

The Cost?

Thanks to the partnership between Culverhouse and the Protective Life Corporation, the program is free for participants.

Items Needed to Apply?

BEFORE beginning the online application, please complete the checklist below.
  1.  Obtain your recommender’s contact information (Full name, email address, and phone number).
    • Recommender must be your principal, counselor or teacher.
    • Relatives may not serve as your recommender.
  2. Resume including your contact information, education, work experience, and any awards and/or honors.
  3. Be prepared to record a video within the application providing the following: (Approximately 1 – 2 minutes long).
    • Full name, School, and Current Grade Level
    • Why are you considering Business as a major in College?
    • How will participation in the Culverhouse Diversity in Business Bridge Program benefit you?
    • There will be a link inside the application that will take you to a site called Flip to record your video.
Application Deadline: Apply immediately — limited spots remaining
Note: All documents must be in .pdf, .doc, or .docx format. Filenames cannot contain apostrophes or any special characters. Accepted Example: LastnameFirstnamefile name.pdf. Once you have obtained the above items, you are ready to complete the online application. Click “Apply here” to begin! Be sure that you continue until you reach the screen that says “Your application has been received, thank you.”

How to Apply?

Applications for 2024 are no longer being accepted. If you would like to receive information about future programs, please click HERE.

Additional Questions?

Applications and additional information will be shared on this page and  starting February 1, 2024.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please contact Paige Miller, Manager of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at or (205) 348-5749.