Giving Back to the Community
Rural Scholars Mentors are college students at Kent's East Liverpool and Salem campuses who cultivate supportive relationships with younger students in Columbiana County. These students must qualify for program participation by maintaining strong academic performance and demonstrating a record of community outreach through school-based mentoring in eligible districts. They are awarded stipends equivalent to eleven hours of tuition or in proportion to hours enrolled, subject to review and renewal on a biannual basis.
Aspiring mentors must want to develop nurturing relationships with younger students. Mentors must be willing to listen, to be curious and open to discovery. Rather than molding young people, mentors seek to explore choices with them and discover along with their mentees what paths they wish to take. Mentors offer models of successful behavior to their mentees, but do not seek to impose upon them their own judgments and values. To participate in the Rural Scholars Program as a mentor, you must also:
- be willing to commit to full participation in the program and have the time to do so.
- be a first-generation college student, meaning that if you complete college, you'll be the first person in your family to receive a 4-year degree.
- have a family income that does not exceed program requirements.
- a minimum GPA of 3.0 is preferred (but if yours is at least 2.5, you should definitely apply!).
- preferably attend/have graduated from high school in any of the following school districts: Crestview, East Liverpool, Salem, Southern Local, or Wellsville. Students residing in Columbiana County are encouraged to apply, even if they are not from these districts, as long as they satisfy the other criteria.
- be enrolled at Kent State's Salem or East Liverpool campuses as a student, full-time preferred.
- be motivated by personal or professional reasons to contribute to this program through your avid engagement and participation.
Training and Functions
Rural Scholars Program Mentors will participate in on-going professional development throughout their time with the program and be expected to exhibit a strong capacity for self-direction as well as exercise mature judgment. First-time mentors will be required to take a 3-credit experiential learning course in the fall. After completing one month of the semester-long course, they may begin active mentoring.
For the 2014-2015 school year we are in particular need of male mentors in both the north and south portions of the county.
Think you have what it takes? Apply now.
Our application form is available here. We will begin accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year on March 7th.
Still have questions?
For further information or to apply, contact Wendy Pfrenger: email@example.com or 330-337-4233.