What is the READY Mentoring Program?
READY Mentoring matches first-generation first-time freshmen with community professionals for one-on-one mentoring. Mentors can help ease your transition to college and discuss strategies for success in college and in life. What you and your mentor discuss will be largely determined by you and your experience transitioning to UofL, but no matter what the topic you can count on your READY Mentor to help connect you to people and resources that will enhance your success inside and outside of class.
How does the program work?
Mentoring will most likely take place virtually (Teams video conference) for 2022-23. You'll have a 30-minute appointment with your READY Mentor every other week in the fall semester starting in mid-September. Mentor appointments will be set once a student has been accepted into the program and will occur on the same day/time every other week. Appointments can be scheduled based on mentor and student availability Monday-Friday from 9am - 5pm.
What are the benefits of being part of the READY Mentoring Program?
Participants who attend all 6 of their fall mentoring sessions will receive a $500 completion grant which will be applied to your spring 2023 UofL bill. Mentoring continues in the spring semester with the same mentor. Students who complete all 4 of their spring 2023 appointments will receive a $300 completion grant which will be applied to your summer or fall 2023 UofL bill.
This financial benefit isn't the only way you'll gain from participation. Aside from building your personal and professional networks and getting great tips and advice, consider these important ways that the past participants outperformed in their first year relative to their counterparts who chose not to participate:
- Fall Grade Point Average of participants is higher than non-participants
- Participants earned more credit hours in their first year
- Participants continued enrollment in spring courses at a higher rate than non-participants, a trend which is expected to extend to first-year to second-year retention overall
These are all important markers of student success, which engaged program participation can help you achieve.
Still unsure? Click on the video (right) to hear more about the program from students and mentors.
How do I sign up?
Before applying to be part of the program, make sure you're committed to attending your every-other-week sessions. This program has limited space for participation, so it's important that those who sign up and are selected are ready to make the most out of the experience.
The priority application deadline for the READY Mentoring program is Sunday, August 7. Applicants will be notified of a decision by UofL email no later than Monday, August 15. Applications received after the priority deadline will be accepted and reviewed if space allows.
To be considered, complete this First-Gen program application. All applicants will receive notification of their status no later than August 15. If you are chosen to participate, you will then fill out a second information form to complete your enrollment.
APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED FOR THIS PROGRAM
If you have any questions about the program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.