Schreyer Honors College (SHC)at Penn State

Mentoring Programs

An executive vice president for a Fortune 100 company. A leading medical researcher. An entrepreneur who co-founded an Internet start-up. A seasoned journalist whose connections extend far beyond her New York City office.

These four examples and dozens of other Penn State alumni are among the accomplished, successful professionals volunteering to mentor Schreyer Scholars. Some are Schreyer graduates. All are Penn Staters. All have a common thread: they are willing to provide professional and career advice to current Scholars. They love helping Scholars navigate between classroom and career. All it takes is a little time to develop a friendship that can have a lasting impact!

Society of Distinguished Alumni Mentoring

Open to all Schreyer Scholars in good academic standing.

This unique opportunity matches Schreyer Scholars with members of Penn State's Society of Distinguished Alumni, the recipients of one of the University's highest honors recognizing the professional accomplishments of its alumni.

The goal of this program is to facilitate reciprocal, one-on-one relationships in which a Scholar may gain a role model, a trusted adviser, a guide, and a wise friend, while the Distinguished Alumna/us may gain a fresh, personal connection to Penn State, tangible evidence of his/her impact on the future, and satisfaction in nurturing the potential of a talented, committed young leader.

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Mentoring with Honors

Open to all Schreyer Scholars in good academic standing. Applications accepted during fall semester.

Mentoring with Honors is a unique program sponsored by the Scholar Alumni Society to develop relationships between current Schreyer Scholars and Scholar alumni. The program offers opportunities for Scholar alumni to participate in the professional development of Schreyer Scholars and offers the opportunity for Scholars to explore potential career choices through firsthand experiences of Scholar alumni. Each mentoring relationship is unique and emphasizes the interests of the mentee and experiences of the mentor. The Mentoring with Honors program depends on leadership and support from Scholar alumni, students, and staff.

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Career Development Program

Open to all Schreyer Scholars in good academic standing. Applications accepted during fall semester.

As a college student, the task of getting a full-time job or achieving all of your goals may appear impossible. Enrolling in the Career Development Program as a mentee, you will be paired with an upperclass student mentor and three other students from your academic college to create a realistic career path. Mentees are given resources to build their careers, and will network with faculty, alumni, and professionals in the Honors College.

This is a one year program requiring approximately one hour of time each week. At the end of the program, you will have an actionable career plan to use as a guide for the rest of your time in college.

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