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Palmer Scholars

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Education & Literacy


2141 S J St.Tacoma, WA 98405 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

We pair our Scholars with a trained adult mentor in the January of their senior year of high school. Mentors are a crucial part of the support system the Palmer Scholars family offers, and they are vital to each Scholar's success. We are actively looking for community leaders who would like to volunteer as a Mentor for one of our Scholars.


Who is a Palmer Scholar Mentor?
* At least 21 years old
* Culturally aware / Dedicated to equity and inclusion
* Attained or is close to attaining a post-secondary degree (extensive knowledge of higher education or experience working with students as they complete higher education may substitute)
* Resides in Pierce County (or surrounding areas)
* Excited about working with young people
* Dependable and consistent in meeting the time commitments
* Has a clean criminal history

What does a Palmer Scholar Mentor do?
* Provides advocacy, resources and support
* Helps a Scholar navigate higher education
* Connects a Scholar with networking, career, and information
* Holds a Scholar accountable
* Cultivates and foster a relationship with a Scholar

What is the commitment?
* Mentor a high school senior that is going off to college and throughout their time obtaining a post-secondary degree (4-5 year commitment)
* Go through an initial one-on-one training with the Mentor Program Director
* In January of your Scholar's senior year of high school, attend Mentor-Scholar Match event to meet your Scholar
* In March of your Scholar's senior year of high school, attend a College Readiness Training with your Scholar
* Communicate with the Scholar at least twice a month (phone, text, email, skype, meeting, etc.)
* Hold face-to-face interactions with the Scholar a minimum of once per quarter, if possible
*Provide feedback, as requested, to Palmer Scholars regarding your relationship with your Scholar
* As you choose, participate in additional events and activities hosted by Palmer Scholars!


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