In Need of Assistance on the College Application Process? Apply to be a Mentee by April 23rd! *Extended to May 4th*

In Need of Assistance on the College Application Process? Apply to be a Mentee by April 23rd! *Extended to May 4th*

The 2015-2016 Mentee application deadline has been extended to May 4th. Please fill out the form here.

All mentees will receive a stipend to offset their college admissions cost. This year’s stipend amount has not yet been finalized.

The Collegiate Blog Mentoring Program seeks to assist students from all backgrounds who are interested in attending college in the U.S. in achieving their goals. The Mentoring program matches high-achieving, motivated, diverse high school seniors with equally talented undergraduate students. Mentors and mentees work together virtually (through phone and Internet communication) throughout the summer and academic year. Mentors help mentees establish college lists that match them academically, financially, socially, and geographically. Each mentor connects with their mentee personally to help them build a dynamic and powerful voice in their personal statements, seek financial aid opportunities, and develop their confidence and skills to perform at a higher academic level.

Mentee Requirements:

  • Must be high school seniors during the 2015-2016 academic year
  • Must show high academic achievement and commitment to enrolling at a four-year U.S. universities and colleges
  • Must show “critically” in-need of assistance including low-income, undocumented, LGBT, minority, and other unprivileged and underrepresented status
  • Must show interest and willingness to work with mentor for at least an hour each week over phone, video chat, social media chat, and/or email throughout the duration of the mentoring program (Summer 2015 – Spring 2016)

Program Requirements
Each mentee will be assigned to a mentor (each mentor works with a maximum of two mentees). Mentors are volunteer undergraduate students who have overcome similar adversities and/or worked with underrepresented students in the past.

Mentors will communicate with their mentee over phone, social media, video chat, and/or email about relevant steps about the college admissions process each week for at least one hour. Mentees are expected to build a strong relationship with their mentor and follow-up with their mentor on their application progress each week. Throughout the year, mentees are expected to share their applications including essays for feedback from mentors.

Tentative Dates
The mentoring program will start in May 2015. During the summer months, mentors should start establishing a relationship with the mentee and thoroughly explain to them all of the college admissions components. During the Fall, mentors provide insightful guidance to the mentees on their college applications. During the Winter to Spring, mentors and mentees focus on filling out financial aid and outside scholarship applications and developing essential study skills for college.