In addition to the award amount, all Worthington Scholars are assigned a Worthington Scholars Mentor to follow them through their entire college career. WSF program staff begin meeting with students during their senior year in high school to analyze financial aid award letters and continue this mentoring role through the summer before college.
The long-term relationship with Scholars is meant to ensure support through any potential barriers to earning a college degree, including issues with financial aid, changing majors, transferring schools, and academic and personal difficulties. WSF program staff will communicate with scholars via phone and text, visit college campuses, and plan events to enhance student success.
Support services include:
- Financial Aid Award Letter review
- Mentoring calls and texts with a WSF Program Staff member
- Personalized career advice, including help with resumes, interviews and graduate school applications
- Private Facebook group with helpful information and internship opportunities
- Campus Visits and Dinners
- Send off Event for first year Scholars and parents
- Business Networking event
- Care Packages for first year Scholars
- Alumni visits at home high schools
WSF will work with students both individually and during group seminars to advance their professional development. Mentors will seek out information from students regarding career goals and aspirations, previous employment and any existing professional connections. Students will be encouraged to seek out relevant work experience, volunteer opportunities and job shadows while in school and during breaks. Mentors will help facilitate local job shadows and informational interviews. Advice about resumes, cover letters, interviews and options for further schooling will be offered to every Scholar. Each year, professional development events on topics such as professional dress, networking and graduate school preparation will be offered to Scholars. WSF will fund stipends for professional attire for those who attend the seminars.
WSF will utilize a data system to accumulate data involving Worthington Scholars beginning in high school, throughout college and into careers. The purpose of this initiative is to develop and improve strategies to improve student outcomes. As results of this data become available, WSF will change its programming models to optimize effectiveness at accomplishing its mission. WSF plans to expand into other geographic areas in Maine in the future, so stay tuned!