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Want to help a student launch a career in health care? All it takes is a photo

May 23, 2014

When Marcus Bruce arrived at Raritan Valley Community College from Franklin Township, NJ, he became the first person in his immediate family to attend college. Now, he is on his way to earning a degree in computer science. A 2013 Bridge to Employment (BTE) scholarship, funded by Johnson & Johnson, has helped Marcus pay for college while providing him with the support he needs to succeed. “Through my participation [in BTE] I have been able to interact with professional mentors and career coaches from Johnson & Johnson who have given me help and guidance with my future career goals,” he said.

BTE, a Johnson & Johnson program managed by FHI 360, helps students like Marcus understand health careers and what they need to do to enter these fields. In most cases, higher education, whether through a traditional four-year college or a two-year technical degree, is the outcome. Scholarships and other supports play a key role in ensuring college-bound students enroll and succeed.

Donate a Photo, a mobile application created by Johnson & Johnson, is now giving individuals the opportunity to help even more BTE students earn scholarships. For every photo individuals donate through the app, Johnson & Johnson will donate US$1 to BTE scholarships. Any photo will work. Just 1,000 photo donations will provide one college scholarship to an eligible BTE high school student in need from Ambler, PA, Newark, CA, and Wilmington, DE.

Anna Maria Hinman, also from Franklin Township and a 2013 BTE scholarship recipient, had an internship at a Rutgers University laboratory as part of her BTE experience. She decided to study microbiology and genetics in college as a result. “Because of the Bridge to Employment program, I have set my standards for the future higher than I could have imagined when I was starting high school,” she said.

The number of scholarships awarded by Johnson & Johnson is dependent on the number of photos donated through the app. Individuals can donate a photo every day until May 17, 2014, or until Johnson & Johnson reaches its goal of US$20,000 (the equivalent of about 20 scholarships), whichever comes first. Regardless of the number of photos donated, Johnson & Johnson will give a minimum of US$10,000 to BTE scholarships.

To donate a photo, download the mobile application at http://bit.ly/1gB8HJK for iPhones and http://bit.ly/1biFwey for Android phones.* From the list of causes, select “FHI 360 and Bridge to Employment” and donate a photo. All shared photos become part of the Donate a Photo online gallery.

*The app only works through U.S. app stores.