Lucy Clemens

2018 Bridge Foundation Scholarship Recipient

I was born in Guatemala and adopted by my two moms when I was 8 months old. The next 18 years were a beautiful blur of activities – taking family trips, making lifelong friends, playing every sport imaginable – all while attending local public schools. With support and encouragement from the Bridge Foundation, I’m excited to be attending UNC Asheville this year. I will miss Charlotte, my family and friends and my favorite tacos, but I’m so excited to call Asheville home for the next four years. I plan on majoring in Psychology at UNC-Asheville and hope to serve in the Peace Corps or Teach for America after graduation.

Martin Luther King, Jr. once asked, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” I’m one of the lucky ones. My personal and professional goal of helping others will soon become a reality. My mom has worked in public service for more than 25 years. She’s shown me that it’s very rewarding to help build a better city – with safe neighborhoods, a clean environment and excellent services for everyone. I want to be part of this movement – building, helping and serving.

It’s an honor to be the 2018 scholarship recipient of the Bridge Foundation. I’m excited and humbled to have you with me on the next steps of this journey, no matter what direction it takes. Thanks again for “having my back.”