College Connections

The College Connections Program offers an opportunity for volunteers to provide mentoring and support for Schuler Scholars during their first year in college and beyond.

College Connections Coaches are selected each fall, participate in training with Schuler staff, and meet their assigned Scholars during the Scholars' senior year of high school. Coaches are college graduates, come from professional backgrounds, and are passionate about the Schuler mission. Coaches communicate with Scholars at key points throughout college.

If you are interested in learning more about volunteering for the College Connections Program, contact Margaret (Margie) Falter, Volunteer Program Manager, at margaret@schulerprogram.org.

Hear from our Mentors:

"One of the greatest parts about being a mentor is getting to know your mentees and being a part of helping them accomplish their dreams and build a great life for themselves and their families.  I also really enjoy just building a good relationship with someone as they go into one of the most fun and challenging milestones of their lives." - Jonathan Hwang, College Connections Mentor

"I really enjoy getting to know the Schuler Scholars. They are such amazing and motivated individuals. I love hearing about their college experiences and if I can be of any help at all that's wonderful. I can't wait to see what the Scholars I am working with accomplish!" - Celina Scala, College Connections Mentor

Hear from our Scholars:

"Having a mentor is like having a cheerleader/advisor/coach. I was surprised to find how helpful it was to have a supportive mentor and how often I sought her help. The best part of having a mentor is enjoying another friend, who is guiding and influencing me on my path to success as a first generation student. My mentor played a big role in my transition to college, whether it was asking a simple question like what should I bring to college? Or asking a more complicated question like should I continue to pursue this major or minor? A cool fact about my mentor is she has lived in four different continents." Jessica Ilc, Macalester College '19, Maine East High School '15

"The conversations I had with my mentor were helpful for me to truly reflect and think about how my college transition has been going. It gave me a good 30 minutes or so to just sit and talk with someone about my college experience, and I think it was a good way to debrief and see where I was doing well but also some aspects where I wanted to improve." - Han Ju Seo, Washington University in St. Louis '20, Warren Township High School '16

 

 

Scholars and College Connections mentors participated in various activities at the Meet your Mentor Brunch.

Scholars and College Connections mentors participated in various activities at the Meet your Mentor Brunch.

College Connections mentor Cristin Pacifico visited her freshman mentee Scholar Patricia Bogdan at Emory.

College Connections mentor Cristin Pacifico visited her freshman mentee Scholar Patricia Bogdan at Emory.