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Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar

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Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar inspires and empowers promising students to succeed in high school, college and life. A caring and committed adult can make a significant difference in the life of a student, increasing his or her chance of graduating from high school, completing college and becoming economically self-sufficient.

A mentor is a supportive college-educated adult who serves as a role model, advocate, and cheerleader to one college-bound high school student. A mentor opens doors to new social, cultural and educational experiences and provides professional networks for a student. Each mentor is matched with an individual Sponsor-A-Scholar student and asked to commit to that student through, at least, the critical first year of college. Mentors are an integral part of our students’ success.

What is our current need?
We are currently looking for more male mentors to match with our male scholars- approximately 8-10 new applications. We have 8 male mentees left unmatched. We recruit mentors year-round for any changes in relationships, new mentees, etc. If you are interested in mentoring despite our need, please reach out so we can find your best fit together.

So what does it take to be a Sponsor-A-Scholar mentor?


Mentors make a long-term commitment to their students. Mentors are matched with students in 10th or 11th grade and work with them through the first year of college. Many relationships last a lifetime.


Mentors communicate with their students regularly and see their students monthly. Mentors and their students might go to sporting events, cultural venues, restaurants, and museums. They sometimes visit colleges, study for the SAT together or simply sit and talk. The students and mentors coordinate their own meeting times allowing for a flexible meeting schedule.

Feel free to contact our College Access Manager with any questions you may have about the process or the experience:

Miguel Mercedes
Email: mmercedes@crsas.org
Phone: (518) 935- 1046

Our application can be found online at crsas.org/become-a-mentor

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About Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar


1 United Way, ALBANY, NY 12205, US

Mission Statement

Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar inspires and empowers promising, underserved students to succeed in high school, college and life.


The vision of Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar is that all high school students will have access to the services and networks of support they need to succeed in college and pursue the future of their dreams.

As of 2016, we have supported more than 200 local students as they earned their college degrees, and we actively work with more than 150 current college students.

Our Scholars graduate from high school at a 98% rate versus a local average of 65% for the schools we serve. Seventy-­one percent of our Scholars earn a college degree. This compares to 39.7% degree attainment for the same demographic nationally.

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This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.



  • Teens


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Our mentors are asked to meet with their mentees a minimum of once a month for 3-4 hours. In between outings, mentors are encouraged to maintain communication via call/text throughout their match.

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