For Guidance Counselors
The Abramson Foundation is looking to assist students who are determined to direct their own futures and who need assistance to break out of environments that are not helpful to this goal. We are not necessarily seeking the star who needs only money; we are seeking the motivated student who has a strong personality and a drive to succeed, but whose background may not provide some of the tools for success. While the Foundation is generally able to provide only partial scholarships, an important aspect of our program is that we provide mentors and training to our Scholars. We have a diverse group of mentors and generally assign a Scholar two mentors – one close to the Scholar’s age and another who is older and more established in his/her career.
The goals of our mentoring program include providing a stable outside source to talk with the Scholar about the college experience, providing training on time management, resume preparation, and interviewing, and providing exposure to the varied careers of our mentors. During the course of a school year, a Scholar is regularly contacted by his or her mentors, our Executive Director, and our student liaison. Mentors send care packages at least twice a year, and we organize events with our Scholars to give them a chance to have face to face interaction with their mentors, in addition to the regular telephone and email contact.