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The guidance scholars receive from members of the SPlus community is invaluable. We create thoughtful mentor-mentee matches that amplify the program’s holistic and individualized support based on each scholar's personal and professional needs and preferences.
What we ask mentors to commit to conceptually:
While we hope that mentors will stay with scholars through their college journeys, we ask for at least a one-year commitment of June to May so that a meaningful relationship has time to build.
There are lots of important qualities of a strong mentor, and these are some of our favorites:
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Research shows that students of the global majority who come from low-income households succeed academically when provided key supports: social-emotional and behavioral tools; adults who believe in them; and targeted programs teaching skills for the transition to and through college.
The beginning of college, especially for first-generation-to-college students, is a pivotal time for the introduction of a mentor. In our work, we are regularly reminded that college is not merely an extension of the high school experience, but one that poses a series of completely new, and often more complex, personal and academic challenges for students who are low-income, and especially those who are students of the global majority at predominantly white institutions, or PWI.
Scholarship Plus intentionally selects students who can most benefit from an advocate in their corner. In addition to providing this support directly, a core component of our approach is teaching our students how to advocate for themselves. We strongly believe in providing scholars with tools, so that even while we continue to be in their lives, they grow increasingly empowered to act as agents of change for themselves.
The natural intersection of learning to advocate for oneself and observing this skill in others is mentorship.
One of our scholars said it best: “When I felt alone watching my peers ask their parents to read over papers or for internship connections, messages from Scholarship Plus would remind me that I wasn't alone, and that I had a caring, kind, and supportive community a phone call away. When people ask me about SPlus, I make sure they hear about the 'plus'. Because the plus matters."