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

Career Coach

Our Career Coach Program connects college Scholars with weekly career coaching from experienced professionals. A Career Coach offers support with career exploration, preparation, and planning during a 2-month commitment for 2 hours a week. Through this partnership, Scholars gain the skills and confidence to achieve their career goals.

Provide one-on-one career support to college students including:

  • Resume and cover letter review
  • Interview preparation
  • Informational interviews
  • Identifying and applying to internships/fellowships/full-time positions
  • Preparing college seniors in identifying and applying to graduate school programs
  • Networking techniques

Career Coaches will be trained to provide support in all of the areas mentioned above and should be willing to work with students interested in various career paths. Please note that this is a remote volunteer opportunity.


  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Minimum 3 years of full-time paid work experience
  • Experience job searching (i.e. experience creating and editing one’s own resume/cover letter and preparing for interviews)


  • Ability to establish a trusting coaching relationship and offer targeted feedback
  • Sensitivity to persons of diverse educational, economic, and cultural background
  • Desire to help others achieve their education and career goals
  • Experience developing competitive cover letters and resumes and supporting others in developing professionalism

Time commitment: Volunteers are expected to commit to the same 2-hour time block every week for 2 months.

Steps to become a Career Coach:

Career Coach

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SCS Noonan Scholars hosts several events throughout the year. At these events, SCS Noonan Scholars often requests the assistance of volunteers for general event coordination and implementation. Volunteers may be asked to engage in the following ways:

  • Register guests
  • Serve as an Ambassador (Scholar alumni only)
  • Set up and take down room arrangements

Time commitment: Minimum 3 hours per event

“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