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Apply to be a Mentor for the Valley Scholars Program!

Valley Scholars Mission: 

The Valley Scholars program provides outreach activities to first generation middle and high school students, engaging them in educational enrichment activities designed to increase awareness and access to institutions of higher education with the goal of providing scholarship support for students admitted to and attending James Madison University. 

Why be a mentor?

As a JMU student, you've prepared for, applied to, and are now attending college. For many students in the Shenandoah Valley this is a daunting process. Valley Scholars helps students navigate the process to college acceptance and success, but it starts with mentors! As a mentor you will have the opportunity to work with a fellow JMU student to help a small group of 8th graders as they enter the Valley Scholars program and transition to high school. Great mentors help their mentees realize their potential and show Valley Scholars they can be the first in their families to attend college! 

Great mentors are able to:

  • Meet with your 8th grade mentees one hour per week.
  • Attend a 3-credit JMU course on Tuesday evenings (4:00pm or later).
  • Have reliable transportation to your mentee group (up to 30 mins away in some cases).
  • Balance your committment to mentoring with your other undergraduate courses.
  • Commit to a full year (or more!) of mentoring. 
  • Provide support and guidance throughout your mentees' experience.

Mentors are matched with mentees in the cities of Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro and the counties of Augusta, Shenandoah, and Rockingham. 


Click the link below to apply or email Dr. Dana Haraway for more information.

Click Below to Apply

Valley Scholars Mentoring Application

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