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ULM launches sale of children's book, There's a Bridge on the Bayou, to benefit Centennial Scholars expansion

Published April 13, 2023

Bridge Book

MONROE, LA The University of Louisiana Monroe is proud to announce the release of a hardback version of There’s a Bridge on the Bayou, authored by Cindy Foust and illustrated by Srdjan Marjanovic. One hundred percent of profits will benefit the ULM Centennial Scholars Program, which provides higher education engagement and exposure opportunities for fourth graders as they grow up and eventually enroll at ULM during the University’s 100th anniversary in 2031.  

The public is invited to purchase their own hardback copy for $20 at ulm.edu/100. 

The book's main character is ULM President Ronald Berry, who shares his personal story about how education and ULM changed his life. The book is intended to inspire hope in the belief that students can do and become whatever they set their minds to, as long as they continue to dream.  

During the week of its 90th anniversary and the investiture of its 9th president in 2021, ULM provided over $1 million in future scholarships to third graders in Ouachita Parish. The scholarships were included in the students’ book copies to inspire them to continue to read and learn. This age cohort was selected to improve literacy and instill hope for higher education. Over the past two school years, the University has continued to engage the students in a variety of ways, like giving them LEAP test survival kits and inviting them to march in the homecoming parade.  

Because of the success of the Centennial Scholars program, ULM is expanding opportunities from just students in Ouachita Parish to all students in the same age cohort in Northeast Louisiana. In the coming weeks, ULM will give copies of There’s a Bridge on the Bayou with scholarships to fourth graders in multiple parishes across the region. 

"The Centennial Scholars Program will continue to steward these students from now until they reach college age, giving hope to children who may have never known a college degree was an option,” said Dr. Berry.  

For more information about There’s a Bridge on the Bayou and the Centennial Scholars Program, visit ulm.edu/100.