Each Abramson Scholar is paired with two Mentors, each at a different stage of their careers, to bring varied perspectives to their mentoring relationship. Our Mentors listen, advise, guide, champion, befriend, and encourage our Scholars at each stage of their college experience and beyond, helping our Scholars make the transition from being college graduates to career professionals. Like the financial awards, the Foundation’s mentoring support continues through all four years of college, which helps Mentors build lasting and trusting relationships with Scholars.
Why Mentors matter
Many of our Scholars are the first in their families to attend college and some have not yet had the chance to explore the world beyond their neighborhood. Navigating the academic, social, financial, and other pressures of college can be daunting. Our Mentors are on-hand to offer advice and guidance from a Scholar’s first day of college to their post-graduation plans.
Their goal is to support their Scholars and to maximize the chances of success in college and beyond.
What’s expected from Mentors
Mentors work to foster a sense of community within the Foundation and among the Scholars. Here’s a glimpse of what it means to be an Abramson Mentor:
- Attend a number of structured events each year, such as a summer send-off barbecue, Thanksgiving break dinner, winter professional development workshop, and other learning and social events
- Participate in care package assembly each semester to encourage Scholars as they prepare for final exams
- Regularly connect with Scholars via in-person meetings, email, text, and/or phone calls to provide support and guidance on topics such as adjusting to college, selecting the right courses, balancing academic and extracurricular activities, and finding a summer internship
How to become a Mentor
Our Mentors enjoy being critical members of the Abramson community. They work closely with other adults in D.C. motivated by a shared commitment to giving back and find it tremendously rewarding to learn from and build connections with our impressive Scholars throughout their college years.
Thank you for your interest in joining the Abramson community of dedicated Mentors! Mentors are matched with first-year Scholars each spring. Please contact us for more information on how to get involved.