Mentoring Program Requirements and Application Process
Mentoring Application and Administrative Requirements
Point maintains highly rigorous standards in the selection of its mentors. Each prospective mentor is required to complete an online application. Once submitted, the mentor application is reviewed by Point’s Mentoring & Alumni Program Director, who also conducts a personal interview with each mentor applicant.
Once a mentor applicant has been matched with a Point Scholar, the foundation will run a thorough background check on the individual and conduct phone interviews with two professional references and one personal reference. Additionally, each person who serves as a Point Mentor is required to read and sign the foundation’s Mentoring Handbook & Code of Conduct before meeting their respective scholar.
Given the diverse academic backgrounds and professional aspirations of Point’s scholars, Point accepts new mentor applicants from all fields and all professions all year round. It is our aim to constantly build and maintain a pool of caring adult mentor candidates who are interested in assisting gifted students with academic careers, leadership development, professional advice, community service endeavors, networking, and internship opportunities.
"I have learned from my mentee Jeremy that wisdom isn't necessarily something that is correlated to age. Jeremy has taught me a lot.
There are situations I have seen him handle that I don't think I would have handled as well at my current stage in life, let alone at his age."
-Dean Marks, Mentor to Jeremy Bearer-Friend
Mentor-Scholar Matching Process and Timeline
Mentor-scholar matches are made by Point’s Mentoring Subcommittee, annually in late spring as new scholars are selected by the foundation. Additional mentor-scholar matches are made on occasion throughout the remainder of year, should a previously assigned scholar-mentor pair dissolve.
When matching mentors with scholars, Point places a high priority in finding a common field of interest and geographic proximity. Also taken into consideration is a mentor candidate’s merit in their respective field, their references, and evidence of a deep commitment to attending to the personal and professional welfare of Point Scholars.
There is no guarantee that each person who applies to serve as a mentor will be matched with a scholar. Mentor applicants who are not matched with scholars remain on Point’s list of potential mentor candidates for up to three years. Mentor applicants may be removed from the Point’s list of candidates at the discretion of the foundation or by request of the respective applicant at any time.
The Mentoring Program at Point Foundation is voluntary in nature and the time commitment for each mentor usually consists of meeting once or twice a month for coffee, a meal, a movie, etc. Ideally, each mentorship will last throughout the course of the respective scholar’s academic career with Point Foundation, which may range anywhere from one to four years.
Point’s online application requires essential information that is typically found on other applications such as name, address, phone number, etc. Given the foundation’s criteria for identifying the best mentor for each scholar, applicants should also be prepared to provide detailed information on academic, professional and personal attributes.
Thank you for your interest in Point Foundation and its Mentoring Program.
Proceed to Point’s online mentor application
Contact Point’s Mentoring Program Director
Mentoring & Alumni Program Director