Chicago Scholars Mentor Application

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Welcome and thank you for your interest in becoming a Chicago Scholars Mentor! We are excited about your decision to join us in our mission! As a Mentor, you will play a pivotal role in the educational success, leadership development, and pursuit of self-actualization of our Scholars. Mentors work in cohorts of 2-3 professional adult Mentors to support a group of 7-8 Scholars.

Chicago Scholars has a set of six core values that guide all of our work:

We Dream Big. We Show Up. We Embrace Our Differences.

We Model the Way. We Care For Each Other. We Keep Our Word.

Core Value 1: We Keep Our Word.

Requirements to become a Chicago Scholars Mentor:

  • Must be over 21 years of age
  • Have earned at least a Bachelor’s degree
  • Commit to mentoring for two years (Scholars’ senior year of high school & first year of college)
  • Commit to a minimum of three (3) hours a month in the first year 
  • Commit to one (1) hour a month of virtual support for Scholars in the second year
  • Commit to at least one (1) face-to-face interaction with Scholars in the second year
  • Participate in Chicago Scholar's New Student Orientation (all day, either June 8th or 9th 2019)
  • Attend required training sessions (2 per year), 4 assigned workshops with Scholars in Year 1, and required Mentor & Scholar events
  • Abide by the Chicago Scholars Mentor's Code of Conduct

If you have any questions about the mentor application process or any other general questions, please feel free to contact us at

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Core Value 2: We Embrace Our Differences

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Core Value 3: We Show Up

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Core Value 4: We Model the Way
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Core Value 5: We Dream Big
Chicago Scholars' mission is to uniquely select, train, and mentor academically ambitious students from under-resourced communities to complete college and become the next generation of leaders who will transform their neighborhoods and our city.

Our Vision is a vibrant Chicago powered by diverse leaders from every neighborhood.


Core Value 6: We Care for Each Other
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Professional Reference 1

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Professional Reference 2

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Emergency Contact
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