We are seeking leaders like you to mentor a Palmer Scholar. We want mentors who are culturally competent and who are interested in providing advocacy, resources, and support while serving as a role model for our young leaders of color in Pierce County. The scholars are matched with a mentor in the winter of their senior year of high school. Mentors commit to cultivating and sustaining the mentor/mentee relationship -while the scholar is attaining a post-secondary degree. This includes meeting or speaking with their mentee at least twice a month.
We match mentors and mentees based on answers given to the following questionnaire and on interactions we have with both parties. The questions and interactions help us pair the mentor and mentee's commonalities and shared interests including career interests, passions, personality, personal identity, and academic interests. It is possible that within a given class of seniors we may not find the appropriate match. In that case, not all mentors will be placed with a mentee the current year. There may be occasions when a mentor is matched with a student already in college.