Circle of Friends Impact Scholarship
Virtual Mentoring Program
Circle of Friends: Celebrating Life, Inc. (COFCL) is proud to offer the Circle of Friends Impact Scholarship as part of our roster of services, as its contribution will make important educational resources available to young women who need increased access and opportunities to cultivate a promising future.
Receiving a financial scholarship and enrolling in college is not enough to guarantee their success and completion. Our Circle of Friends Impact Scholars want to graduate. We need them to graduate. A college education changes the trajectory of their lives.
Circle of Friends is committed to providing support and encouragement to help them graduate and achieve their goals. When they succeed, we succeed and the community and our nation is enriched and strengthen. Circle of Friends Impact Scholarship Virtual Mentoring Program is a crucial part of our commitment to the scholar and component of their future success.
What does it all mean?
We believe that this virtual mentoring relationship is paramount during the scholar's first year in secondary education as it helps to support and facilitate a smooth transition. It is our hope that the virtual mentor will be the partner who can see the student through their first year or to graduation.
Please click the scholarship information link at the bottom of the page and take a few moments to familiarize yourself with the Circle of Friends Impact Scholarship and those that we serve.
+ What Time Committment is Required to be a Mentor?
We ask our mentors to commit to 9-month (or the freshman school year) with at least thirteen hours. Nine of those hours will be through virtual communication – a two-hour virtual mentorship training session and nine hours of virtual contact with the student. The final two hours will be in person, where you will be invited to the scholarship award celebration.
+ WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS TO BECOME A MENTOR?
- Be a college graduate
- Have access to the the Internet and a means to communicate virtually
- Commit to mentoring one scholar througout the freshman school year
- Pass a criminal background check
- Complete application
- Submit two(2) professional written recommendations
- Compelete virtual interview
- Attend virtual traning
+ WHAT TYPE OF MENTORS ARE YOU LOOKING FOR?
We are inviting mature, accomplished and compassionate women to interface with our scholars. The primary vehicles for communication would be via telephone, FaceTime or email. Please note that virtual mentoring has the same common standards and goals as in-person mentoring: confidentiality, establishing a trusting, nurturing, positive relationship between the mentor and the student (protégé).
+ WHAT HAPPENS ONCE THE APPLICATION IS COMPLETED?
- All prospective mentors will be contacted to set up an interview
- After the interview you will be asked to complete paperwork including a background check
- Attend virtual traning
+ AS A MENTOR, WHAT WOULD MY RESPONSIBLITIES BE?
The mentor's responibility will be that of a partner who can see the student through a smooth transition their first year or to graduation. *In some instances, due to life events, mentors will be reassigned.
+ WHAT DATES SHOULD I KEEP IN MIND?
- September 12, 2017 - Application Period Opens
- December 12, 2017 - Scholarship Application Deadline
- January 11, 2018 - Selection Committee Meeting Day (Location TBD)
- March 8, 2018 - Scholarship Decisions Released
- August 1, 2018 - Scholarship Award Event
- Fall 2018 – Mentorship Assignments
Should you have any questions or require additional information, please contact us.