Scholar's Mentorship Program

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Scholar's Mentorship Program

First Year Protégés

When you are admitted to SUNY New Paltz, the Office of Admissions will send you an application and Protégé Agreement for the Scholar’s Mentorship Program. To participate, return the Application* and Protégé Agreement*.

You will be notified of your acceptance and will automatically be enrolled in the course, Key Issues in the Education of Underrepresented College Students.
First Year Protégés are housed in Shango Hall, a classic, corridor style residence, which has recently been refurbished. Like the rest of SUNY New Paltz, Shango is culturally diverse. The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar’s Mentorship Program Educational Center is located in that hall. Living in Shango will give you convenient access to the classroom buildings, the Center, to peer mentors and to the Program Coordinator and Program Director.

Peer Mentors and First year protégés meet ten times per semester. Your peer mentor will be a sophomore, junior or senior, ideally in your cultural group or academic major, who knows New Paltz, its academic requirements, its various offices, its student organizations, and its facilities. He or she should contact you. However, you will receive in campus mail the name, campus address and telephone number of your peer mentor so that the two of you can keep in touch. Feel free to contact him or her as well.

The Faculty/Staff Mentor is your academic contact. He or she will be part of your support network for your four years at New Paltz. This Mentor will provide academic advisement, write letters of recommendation for scholarships, internships, and jobs and otherwise provide advice and support. You will meet with him or her three times each semester.

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