Since 2002, Point Foundation has provided each scholar with a mentor. Point mentors build rewarding, personal relationships and serve as exemplary role models for the organization’s scholars, as well as provide scholars with advice on academic and professional career decisions.
The Power of Mentorship
All Point Scholars are provided with a mentor who is a prominent and caring professional in the LGBTQ and straight/allied community. Mentors provide career and professional development advice to scholars, including the pursuit of graduate studies and job opportunities after graduation. Mentors also advise their mentee about the design and execution of an annual community service project required of each Point Scholar.
Scholars are not alone in benefiting from Point’s Mentoring Program. As role models to scholars, mentors can enrich their own lives and contribute to the building of Point’s intergenerational support network of mentors, scholars, and alumni.
Point provides each mentor-scholar pair with a mentoring handbook, conducts mentor-training workshops, and produces the Mentoring Messenger newsletter. Mentors are also encouraged to join scholars, alumni, board members, and staff at Point’s Regional Leadership Forums and other events.
“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 Selection Process
To be considered for the Point Mentoring Program, you must complete an online application, which can be submitted throughout the year. Please review our mentor requirements. Mentor-Scholar matches are determined each year by Point’s Mentoring Subcommittee, which is comprised of members of Point’s boards, staff, and volunteer experts.
Point maintains highly rigorous standards in the selection of its mentors and carefully matches mentors and scholars. The process involves:
• A online application
• An interview
• A background check
• Reference checks
The comparability of a scholar’s field of study and interests to a mentor’s profession is of great importance. The geographic proximity of potential mentors and scholars is also highly valued, though not essential.
Note that Point is not always able to match each mentor applicant with a Point Scholar. Those not matched in the year they applied will remain on a list of interested applicants to be considered for the following academic year.
For more information on becoming a mentor, contact Point’s Senior Program Director Darrin Wilstead.
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 Manager, 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.
Mentor-Scholar Matching Process and Timeline
Mentor-scholar matches are made by Point’s Mentoring Subcommittee, annually during the summer after the 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. For more information on becoming a mentor, contact Point’s Senior Program Director, Darrin Wilstead.