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OHIO First Scholars Program Benefits

Supplemental Academic Advising

First-Generation students may seek supplemental academic advising by appointment or during walk-in hours in the Allen Center (Alden Library 230) or in Ryors Hall on West Green.

For advising by appointment call the Allen Student Advising Center at 740-566-8888.

What do students have to say about us?

"It was helpful to know I had someone I could talk to and get advice from at any time. She listened to my issues and tried to guide me on a path that would fit my interests best."

"She understood my struggle and gave me helpful resources."


OHIO First Scholars covers the cost of up to four hours per week of peer tutoring through the Academic Achievement Center most commonly referred to as the AAC, located in Alden Library for all Athens Campus undergraduate, first-generation college students.

Free Tutoring

  • First-Generation students do not need to do anything to "sign up" for free tutoring!

  • OHIO First Scholars automatically signs you up each semester!
  • To take advantage of this opportunity, just schedule tutoring appointments via TutorTrac.

For more information about tutoring at the AAC, see the Tutoring Services website.


An informed student is a prepared student.


Throughout the academic year first-generation college students receive communication from our program inviting them to participate in our programs and attend first-gen events. We also send helpful and informative messages on a variety of topics to new first-generation college students on a weekly basis throughout their first year at OHIO.


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Mentoring Program

The OHIO First Scholars Mentoring Program exists to connect first-year, first-generation college students to Ohio University faculty, staff, or full time graduate students who were also first-generation college students and/or have a vested interest in supporting current first-generation students at OHIO.

Mentoring Program Objectives

  • Mentees and mentors will establish reciprocal relationships.
  • Mentees will develop cultural capital related to the environment of higher education at Ohio University.
  • Mentees will become socially and academically integrated into the Ohio University community.
  • Mentees will experience successful academic, social, and emotional transitions to university life.

Role of the Mentor

Mentors are experienced faculty, staff, or graduate students who not only demonstrate confident leadership in fulfilling the mission of Ohio University, but also recognize the reciprocal benefits of mentoring first-generation students. These individuals will help our first-generation students grow personally and professionally. Besides helping to connect themselves with the university mission, mentors will listen, assist with goal setting, provide orientation to an institutional culture, and provide general support and guidance.

Mentors will:

  • Benefit from building relationships with mentees over the course of the year
  • Encourage and support mentees by helping them plan for success and overcome roadblocks
  • Initiate and hold meetings with mentees on a bi-weekly basis (see attached guidelines/suggestions) and check in via email, phone, or text on non-meeting weeks
  • Refer mentees to offices, faculty, staff, and campus resources to expand their campus networks and facilitate academic excellence
  • Assist mentees in setting goals, managing time, and making informed decisions about their academic paths and campus involvement
  • Respond to contact from their mentees within 48 hours

Role of the Mentee

First-year, first-generation college students have the desire to develop a greater understanding of the opportunities, responsibilities, and privileges associated with being an Ohio University student. Mentees will take responsibility for identifying and communicating personal interests, goals, and strengths through self-reflection and engaged participation in mentorship meetings.

Mentees will:

  • Benefit from building relationships with mentors throughout the year

  • Work with mentors to plan for success and overcome roadblocks
  • Meet with their mentors on a bi-weekly basis (see attached guidelines/suggestions) and check in via phone, email, or text on non-meeting weeks
  • Reach out to mentors when they need assistance or have questions, even if it is not during a scheduled meeting
  • Collaborate with mentors to establish student-led semester goals
  • Respond to contact from their mentor within 48 hours

Semester Requirements for Mentees and Mentors

The Ohio First Scholars Mentoring Program is structured with the busy schedules of faculty, staff, and students in mind. We believe that the benefits of participation will make this investment of time well worth it for both mentees and mentors.

  • Attend program welcome event and end of term celebration together each semester. Mentors are also encouraged to attend training and at least one professional development opportunity per term. (4 hours for mentees, 8 hours for mentors)
  • Bi-weekly Mentor/Mentee Meetings (Seven 30-60 minute meetings per term = 3 ? - 7 hours per semester)
  • Bi-weekly email/phone check ins on non-meeting weeks (Seven 15-minute check ins per term = approximately 2 hours per semester)
  • Misc (asking or responding to questions between meetings, preparing for meetings, etc) (approximately 15 minutes per week = approximately 4 hours per semester)
  • Completion of end of term/year program evaluation (30 minutes per semester) Total: Approximately 14-22 hours per semester

What do OHIO students say was the most valuable aspect of having a mentor?

  • Having someone to talk to/count on
  • One-on-one help
  • Relatability/talks about life
  • Learning about resources, study tips, majors/minors
  • Helping me feel comfortable on campus

"I learned to use my resources on campus more. They are there to help all of us, and a lot of people overlook them. My mentor showed me everything and I think it really helped during my first semester here."