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Mentor A Southern Scholar!

Southern Scholars Initiative is looking for Mentors for the 2021-2022 academic year! If you’re ready to make a real and lasting difference, join our inaugural corps of mentors today!

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Dr. Pressey was an enthusiastic advocate of mentoring and networking programs. She believed that relationships with knowledgeable, accomplished, and supportive professionals were essential to career success, particularly for young people of color. It is for this reason that she personally mentored dozens of young and aspiring educators. In establishing our Mentorship Program, we hope to honor the legacy of “giving back” that Dr. Pressey modeled so beautifully throughout her career and life.

Using an empowerment and strengths-based model, we will employ a holistic approach to our Program. Specific details about our model, goals, and time commitment are listed below. Established professionals in all fields are encouraged to apply. Teachers, engineers, lawyers, and doctors are strongly encouraged to apply.



  • To encourage student mentees to meet their fullest potential

  • To expose student mentees to the world of work

  • To develop leadership skills

  • To provide an understanding of higher education practices

  • To guide and help map out career goals


For a minimum of 1-year, mentors will be asked to serve in the role of volunteer mentor or volunteer peer mentor, meeting with their student mentee at least 2 to 4 times per month. 



All Southern Scholars Mentors and Mentees will be required to attend at least one orientation/training session per year.  These one-hour sessions will be held virtually and will be led by Southern Scholars Board Member, Chotsani Williams West.  Chotsani is a brilliant educator and award-winning Mentoring Specialist.   


To become a Southern Scholars Mentor for the 2021-22 academic year, please complete the form below and we will contact you. If you have any questions, please contact our wonderful Program Coordinator, Snow Pressey at

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