To be a mentor for the Phillips Scholarship, an adult should fulfill at least some of the qualities below, depending on the circumstance of the student:
- already be in a supportive relationship with a student, guiding them through the challenges of high school when there is a need for additional assistance
- be willing to continue support of student during college career
- be knowledgeable of the student’s strengths and weaknesses and be able to complete the Mentor Recommendation Form (this is in addition to two required recommendations)
- be able to either provide or find assistance for the student to collect and understand the financial information needed to apply for the FAFSA and other financially based applications
- support the student in making wise decisions regarding the choice of college to prevent overreaching financially or academically
- provide student with a supportive, yet challenging environment which creates growth and self-reliance
- supplement the role of parent or guidance counselor when there are times when aid from those sources are not available
- be a role model for students who have not necessarily had the advantage of having many positive ones in their lives
Anyone wishing to mentor a student who is applying to the Phillips Scholarship must complete the Recommender Form. This will be considered a third recommendation for the applicant.
The Recommender Form is here for your convenience, but your student must email you a recommendation request from their online application. In the email, there is a link to the Recommender's landing page, where you can upload your completed Recommender Form for the specific student. Upload by May 1st.
Phillips Scholarship Recommender Form
If you would like more information and help in becoming a mentor to a student, click on the Federal Government's publication KnowHow2Go Mentor Workbook
Comments about Mentoring
“Even today in my fourth year in college – four years after graduating from the mentoring program, Mr. Vaughn is still being as much a mentor as he has been in the past towards me, still helping me push my limits to another level of success, academically, professionally, and personally.”
Wentworth Institute of Technology, 2010
"I am a true believer in mentoring. It has its own rewards. Beyond that, my observations of the Step Up to Excellence Program at Fitchburg convinces me more that students need help, guidance, support, and a sounding board well into their college years. This is especially important for those who, for whatever reason, don't have a strong family base."
Richard Vaughn, Fitchburg High School