Mentor a Scholar

Make a Big Difference

PEF provides scholarships of $200 to $7,500 to graduates of PEF’s College Access Program and partner high schools. All of our Scholars have financial need, and many are students of color and the first in their family to go to college. While we assist with tuition, our Scholars also face the new academic, social, and cultural environment of college. The advice and guidance of a mentor, a college graduate with perspective and life experience, makes a big difference in their academic success, social adjustment, and career readiness.

Did you know?

Studies show that mentored students have higher rates of college completion

Did you know?

Mentors can provide access to social capital that 1st Gen students may lack

Did you know?

Students of color and 1st-Gen students are less likely to develop faculty mentoring relationships

Philadelphia Scholars Mentoring Program

Our primary focus is matching mentors with rising college 1st years so that they start their college experience in the fall with support. 

Mentor Commitments

Scholars Mentors are asked to make the following commitments:

  • Complete an application.
  • Agree to mentor for a minimum of two years.
  • Attend a Scholars mentors training session and the Mentor-Mentee Meeting.
  • Secure relevant clearances.
  • Engage with your mentee at least twice a month by phone, email, text, in-person get togethers — whatever you and your mentee agree to.
Students Served

College students of ability and ambition

The Philadelphia Education Fund provides scholarships of $200 to $7500 for graduates of high schools where our college access counseling is focused. Many are students of color and the first in their family to go to college and will face a new academic, social, and cultural environment. The advice and guidance of a mentor, a college graduate with perspective and life experience, makes a big difference in their academic success, social adjustment, and career readiness.

Workplace Group Mentoring

In addition to mentoring as an individual, you can mentor through your workplace, alumni association, or other group. Companies like Shire and Braskem have provided their staff with this deeply engaged way to volunteer. If you are interested in partnering your organization with the Philadelphia Scholars Mentoring Program, please contact Scholars@philaedfund.org or by phone at 215-665-1400 x3338.

 

Get in Touch

If you are a college graduate and live in Greater Philadelphia, please reach out by phone at 215-665-1400 x3338 for more information.

Contact: Scholars@philaedfund.org