Ashley Montalvo '12 Photo of Alum

The faculty and staff at Bridgewater College “were the village that helped raise my daughter,” said Ashley Montalvo ’12, as she recalled her college experience.

Ashley came to BC from New York after encountering a Bridgewater College admissions counselor at a college fair. “He was honestly the only person there that didn’t just hand me a pen,” she said. She valued the variety of classes Bridgewater had to offer and decided to major in psychology thanks to a general education class that sparked her interest. “It wasn’t until my Behavioral Psychology class with Dr. Honeycutt that I truly realized my passion and the population that I wanted to serve.”

After she became pregnant, Ashley worried that she wouldn’t be able to graduate. She returned to BC with her two-month old daughter and discovered an “amazing and supportive” faculty and staff. She said it was a challenging experience, but that it made her a better parent and prepared her well for the rest of her life.

She was also involved in the Active Minds chapter at BC, a student organization that helps build awareness for mental illness, and was its first president.

After graduation, she got a job as a Behavior Technician at a school that specializes in working with children who have autism. She is currently working on getting her master’s degree in teaching special education and working as a preschool teacher, in addition to raising two children and working with a community organization that raises awareness about addiction.

Ashley loves coming back to Bridgewater. She has spoken to psychology students about her current career path and attended the Send Silence Packing Active Minds event. “I was really proud and excited as an alumna to support [Active Minds] during that event,” she said.

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Robert Thurston ’81 encountered Bridgewater College by attending a college fair in Washington, D.C., during his senior year of high school. He started talking to recent alumnus Mike Scales ’75 about BC and eventually came with his family to visit the College over Memorial Day weekend, when he met Coach Carlyle Whitelow ’59. The rest was history.

Thurston, who was interested in accounting, majored in business administration. He said he gained as much from the varied subjects he studied for general education as he did from his major, and that those classes “broadened [his] horizons” and were the basis for his future success. He also played on the football team as a defensive back for three years and served on the Student Council for several years. He got to know faculty from across campus by playing against them in a lunchtime basketball game. Thurston still treasures memories of classes and interactions with Prof. Bob Hueston, beloved BC accounting professor, and Dr. David Huffman, who taught economics.

Thurston obtained his first post-college job as the result of an internship with Planters Bank in Bridgewater. Once Planters was purchased by a larger bank, he transferred to the Falls Church headquarters of the new institution. After spending a few more years in various other jobs, he started working in transportation for Federal Express. For more than 20 years, he was an Area Manager overseeing operations in DC and Northern Virginia.

Post-retirement, Thurston has increased his involvement in the community of College Park, Md., his home for about 30 years. He is the civic association president for his neighborhood and serves as a member of the city’s Ethics Commission. He also works as a part-time driving instructor in the area.

He has also served his alma mater on the BC Alumni Association Board of Directors, including a term as president in 2007-08, and as a member of the Family Council. His fondest memory of BC is perhaps the most recent, however. In May, he had the joy of watching his son Cameron ’17 walk across the stage as a new BC graduate.

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Many parents don't realize that the vast majority of students who apply to private colleges receive some form of grant or scholarship (and this doesn't include loans!). But much of this aid goes unused because students fail to complete their applications.

In 2016 alone, Bridgewater awarded more than $40,000,000 in academic scholarships and institutional grants.

Will your son or daughter miss out?

Two clicks away from $20,000

Our research shows that almost one third of college applications are started but never completed. Beyond that, the largest pool of incomplete applications are only missing test scores (like the SAT or ACT) and high school transcripts.

Students are usually only "two clicks" away from finishing their applications and becoming eligible for financial aid and scholarship awards.

Simply visiting the College Board or ACT website and requesting that their test scores be sent to the College and then sending an email to their high school registrar is often all that stands in the way of significantly lightening the financial burden of attending college.

In fact, 99% of Bridgewater students receive some form of financial aid - and 95% of students received more than $20,000 in aid for the 2016-2017 academic year. Last year, the average institutional grant (not including any loans) was $24,053.

Next Steps

If your son or daughter has applied to Bridgewater (or any college for that matter!) find out if they have completed their application and had test scores and transcripts sent to the College.

If they have not yet sent their SAT and ACT scores to the school, encourage them to do so. Bridgewater's SAT College Code is 005069. Our ACT College Code is 4342.

Some students and their families are overwhelmed by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). We are happy to help walk you through all of the steps and can answer any questions you might have. To contact us, simply This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll be happy to help.

Your student can access their application here at any time

Don't "leave money on the table" when it comes to your child's college education. Bridgewater's goal has always been to help students and their families experience a rewarding and affordable college education.

Photo of Money

Many students don't realize that the vast majority of those who apply to private colleges receive some form of grant or scholarship (and this doesn't include loans!). But much of this aid goes unused because students fail to complete their applications.

In 2016 alone, Bridgewater awarded more than $40,000,000 in academic scholarships and institutional grants.

Are you missing out?

Two clicks away from $20,000

Our research shows that almost one third of college applications are started but never completed. Beyond that, the largest pool of incomplete applications are only missing test scores (like the SAT or ACT) and high school transcripts.

Students are usually only "two clicks" away from finishing their applications and becoming eligible for financial aid and scholarship awards.

Simply visiting the College Board or ACT website and requesting that your test scores be sent to the College and then sending an email to your high school registrar is often all that stands in the way of significantly lightening the financial burden of attending college.

In fact, 99% of Bridgewater students receive some form of financial aid - and 95% of students received more than $20,000 in aid for the 2016-2017 academic year. Last year, the average institutional grant (not including any loans) was $24,053.

Next Steps

If you have applied to Bridgewater (or any college for that matter!) check to make sure you have completed your application and had your test scores and transcripts sent to the College.

If you have not yet sent your SAT or ACT scores to the school, then contact them and have your scores forwarded to us. You can log in to your College Board account here. You can find your ACT account login here. Bridgewater's SAT College Code is 005069. Our ACT College Code is 4342.

Some students and their families are overwhelmed by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). We are happy to help walk you through all of the steps and can answer any questions you might have. To contact us, simply This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll be happy to help.

Click here to access your application at any time

Don't "leave money on the table" when it comes to your college education! Bridgewater's goal has always been to help students and their families experience a rewarding and affordable college education.

Andrew Summers ’16 Photo of Alum

“The history professors at Bridgewater really made history come alive for me, and I strive to have that same influence with my students,” Andrew Summers ’16 said of his Bridgewater College experience. Andrew is beginning his second year as a history teacher at Harrisonburg High School, and he continues to reflect on the ways he was inspired during his time at Bridgewater.

He made the decision to come to Bridgewater based on the community he felt, and he cherishes the relationships he developed over the four years he spent at the College. “The relationships I created with professors and staff are what I think will have the longest impact on me. What they taught me outside of the classroom has really stuck with me,” he said.

As a student seeking secondary licensure to teach in grades 6-12, Andrew also completed multiple field experiences and student teaching through the College’s Teacher Education Program. This experience not only gave him valuable experience in the classroom, but also provided him with the connections in the local school systems that he would need as he searched for his first job.

Andrew is enthusiastic about coming back to BC and is excited to attend Homecoming, reconnect with faculty and classmates, and represent his class on the BC Alumni Association Board of Directors, which he joined this summer.