Become a Volunteer

Why Volunteer with SCS Noonan Scholars

Of the 4.5 million low-income, first-generation students currently enrolled in college, only 11% will earn bachelor’s degree within 6 years. This low graduation rate reflects the myriad of complex academic, social, and cultural challenges these students experience being the first in their family to attend college.

To ensure that the journey to higher education does not end where it begins, SCS Noonan Scholars provides students with the support system and networks they often lack. Through college counseling, academic preparation, financial scholarships, mentorship, and internship and job assistance, 90% of our students earn a bachelor’s degree within 6 years.

We need you to keep the momentum going.


Our Mentorship Program links college students with experienced professionals who will expose them to career opportunities, teach strategies for college-success, and help students create a vision for their future.


  • Commit to a minimum of a year-long relationship with a Scholar
  • Schedule at least one face-to-face meeting with their Scholar per semester
  • Connect with their Scholar on a monthly basis
  • Participate in a quarterly program evaluation


  • Ability to establish a relationship based on equal responsibility, respect and caring
  • Sensitivity to persons of different educational, economic, cultural and racial backgrounds
  • Sincere desire to be personally involved with another person to help them achieve personal, education and career goals
  • Strong listening skills, practical problem-solving skills and the ability to suggest options and alternatives

Time commitment: 1 year, 2-4 hours per month

“It feels really nice to have someone support me and say things like: ‘I’ve been there, you’re doing great, you got this!” –Martha Salas, Hamilton College ‘18