Schreyer Honors College (SHC)at Penn State

Society of Distinguished Alumni Mentoring

This unique opportunity matches Schreyer Scholars with members of Penn State's Society of Distinguished Alumni, the recipients of the University's highest honor upon an outstanding alumna or alumnus.

The program, which is open to all Schreyer Scholars in good academic standing, matches roughly 30-35 students with mentors in related fields each year for what is a one-year commitment for both protégé and mentor.

The goal of the 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 has an opportunity to make another personal connection to Penn State while nurturing the potential of a talented, committed young leader.

Distinguished Alumni involved in the program are or have been leaders in industry or academia, and they have a deep interest in helping students at their alma mater make valuable connections or providing career advice.

Scholar Testimonials

Schreyer Scholar Alayna Kennedy

"I can honestly say that my mentoring experience with my Mentor Jacque Hinman has been an extremely important formative experience for me this entire year. Although I have not been able to actually meet Jacque, since she lives in Colorado, we have spent hours talking on the phone about life, leadership, and being women in the field of engineering. She's done so much with her career and her life, and I am absolutely inspired by her. This summer I will be participating in a machine learning REU program in Colorado Springs, and Jacque and I have already planned to meet up and officially meet each other."

- Alayna Kennedy Mentee of Jacque Hinman
Schreyer Scholar Anna Canova with mentor Joan McConnon

"When I think about the connection that has formed between Joan and I, I feel so incredibly humbled. My heart aches as I feel such deep appreciation and thankfulness to have had just the mere chance to be in the presence of such an absolutely incredible human being."

- Anna Canova Mentee of Joan McConnon

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