Mentor Eligibility Criteria

Required Qualifications:
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.6 or higher
  • Be a current student at Allegany College of Maryland
  • Have successfully completed at least one semester at ACM
  • Successfully Completed Developmental English and Reading
  • 2 Faculty/Staff Names for Recommendation

Additional Preferred Qualifications:
  • Sensitivity to and interest in issues of diversity
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Genuine desire to help others
  • Mature, trustworthy, non-judgmental, and responsible
  • Enthusiasm for the college, students, faculty, staff, academics, and co-curricular opportunities
  • Active on campus and in the community
  • Effective study, organization, and time management skills

Each mentor will be assigned a mentee. Most mentees will be first year students at Allegany College. You should meet with your mentees individually, and we may meet as groups throughout the semester. You should also encourage your mentees to attend large group mentoring activities, campus events, and our regular meetings.

Time Commitment
Each mentor should plan to meet their mentee at least three times a semester. Each mentor should also plan to attend at least one campus event with their mentee each semester. Each mentor should plan to attend the majority of our regular meetings.

Duties of Mentors
  • Provide individual mentoring to struggling students.
  • Create a supportive and welcoming environment, keeping in mind the needs of African American students.
  • Help students answer questions, find people and places around campus, study, and improve their academic and social skills.
  • Keep accurate records of all contact with mentees.
  • Attend all mentor training sessions and meetings.
  • Turn in all required paperwork on time and in an organized fashion.
  • Work cooperatively with the Coordinators of this program and other mentors


  • Work cooperatively with students, staff, faculty, and administration.
  • Model appropriate social and academic behavior and skills.


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