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.

Become a Mentor

Our Mentorship program connects college students with experienced volunteers who will expose them to career opportunities, help them develop strategies for college success, and support their growth.


  • Ability to establish a relationship based on respect, caring, and accountability
  • Sensitivity to intersections of identity, including educational, economic, cultural and racial backgrounds, gender, and sexual orientation
  • Sincere desire to connect with another person to help them achieve personal, educational, and career goals
  • Strong listening skills, practical problem-solving skills, and the ability to suggest options and alternatives
Mentors work with Scholars through one of two tracks, both of which receive ongoing support from SCS Noonan staff.

Thrive Mentorship
Support a Scholar in building strong foundations for success in college.
  • One year commitment
  • Monthly communication with your Scholar
  • Build a supportive relationship and explore topics of interest from the resources provided
    • Examples include time management and finding a campus community
Launch Mentorship
Expose a Scholar to professional skills and opportunities, help them explore career interests. 
  • Cycle length may vary, typically a 6- to 12-week commitment
  • Communicate with your Scholar more frequently, e.g. every other week
  • Guide your Scholar through goal-oriented themes and/or projects
  • Examples include navigating your first intern experience

Become a Mentor

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“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