Be the Inspiration.
Chicago Scholars’ mentors guide Scholars through their first two years in our program. Mentors serve as valuable advisors, trusted friends and role models through the college admissions process, the transition from high school to college, and the first year on campus.
The mentor application is officially open! Apply now through May 3rd
WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A MENTOR
HOLD A BACHELOR’S DEGREE
Mentors must hold at least a bachelor’s degree in any subject area.
COMMIT TO MENTORING FOR TWO YEARS
Mentors commit to working with their Scholars through the first two years of Chicago Scholars’ programming.
MONTHLY MEETINGS WITH SCHOLARS
Mentors meet with their Scholars at least once a month, though many check in more often and attend Chicago Scholars events with them.
ATTEND MENTOR TRAINING SESSIONS
Mentors receive training and guidance from Chicago Scholars staff along with monthly curriculum and important resources to help them with their role.
FOLLOW THE CHICAGO SCHOLARS CORE VALUES AND THE MENTOR CODE OF CONDUCT
We have high standards for our mentors to ensure the safety and well-being of our Scholars. All mentors agree to show up for Scholars, honor their unique identities, seek help when they need it, and be honest and upfront with their Scholars. Click here to see the Chicago Scholars Core Values and Mentor Code of Conduct.
Meet our Mentor of the Month:
Shanthi Cambala, Mentor Since 2021
“As a Mentor, I hope to show my Scholars that all the hardships in life are not problems they need to solve, but stepping stones to help them experience their college journey. “
Meet a Mentor
“The opportunity to engage as a mentor with deserving and talented Scholars at a formative stage in their lives is a special experience. Chicago Scholars’ values-based playbook is rich with content and provides an excellent guidepost for the college selection process. Working alongside the seasoned staff and my dynamic co-mentors, I’m able to leverage my personal experience and together we help set the path for the scholars to become future leaders in college, career and community. Based on my experience the last two years, the outcomes are exceptionally rewarding.”
“Volunteering as a mentor with Chicago Scholars has been incredibly rewarding. I enjoy uplifting my Scholars and providing them with the support they need to achieve their academic goals. As a mentor, I witness my Scholars grow as they transition from their senior year of high school to their first year of college, all while collaborating with my amazing co-mentors. I have learned so much from my Scholars and they truly inspire me. I can confidently say that I have grown as an individual since I’ve begun working with my Scholars and I am honored to be one of their mentors.”
“As I reflect on my experience as an undocumented, first-generation student, I know I wouldn’t have been as successful without the mentors in my life. From figuring out where I could go to college as an undocumented person, to assisting me with my questions, providing invaluable opportunities while a college student, and actively providing career advice, my mentors have always been there for me. Hence, mentorship has been a blessing and a key ingredient to my success. That’s why I decided to become a Chicago Scholars mentor. To pay it forward so we can assist in shaping these Scholars to become the future leaders of Chicago.”
Nominate a Mentor
Mentoring is the cornerstone of our program! Every mentor we recruit increases our impact and allows us to serve more Scholars. Nominate a friend, family member, or colleague to join the team as a Chicago Scholars mentor.