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Make a difference as a First Gen mentor

Make a difference as a First Gen mentor
Anna-Kaye Rowe, an OHIO First Scholars mentor, and Willow Mattison, a first-generation student, hike at Old Man's Cave

Would you like to positively impact the experiences of first-generation college students? Consider volunteering as an OHIO First Scholars mentor.

OHIO First Scholars strives to create a visible and welcoming first-gen community on campus and positively impact the academic success and persistence of first-gen students. The OHIO First Scholars Mentoring Program, launched in 2015, will provide support to its fifth cohort of first-year, first-generation Bobcats this fall. The 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.

The program seeks additional mentors to work with students for the 2019-20 academic year. Participation as a mentor requires less than 20 hours per semester of your time including mentor training, bi-weekly meetings with your mentee, and participation in program events throughout the semester. First-generation students with a mentor have higher retention rates and earn more credit hours than first-gen students without a mentor. Your participation as a mentor can make a big difference in a student’s Ohio University experience.

Read more about the mentoring program in this Compass article.

Find more information on the OHIO First Scholars program website.

For questions about OHIO First Scholars, or to volunteer as a mentor, contact:

Angela Lash

Director, Allen Student Advising Center

417 Baker University Center