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HC Mentor Program

Most students start college with a unique combination of enthusiasm and trepidation. The new environment, the classes, the freedom – it can at times feel overwhelming. Thankfully, first-year Honors students can turn to their HC Mentor.

The Honors College (HC) Mentor Program provides support to first-year Honors students by pairing them with upperclassmen who commit to serving as a role model and guide. HC Mentors help first-year students adjust to college life by connecting them with resources, information, and people during their first semester. The structured mentor program promotes first-year student success and retention while also instilling in upperclassmen the principles of leadership, citizenship, and the value of giving back.

How It Works

The Honors College will hire approximately 30 students to work as HC Mentors for the Fall semester. Each HC Mentor will be paired with approximately 12 first-year students (mentees). The HC Mentors will offer support and encouragement to mentees through in-person meetings and email/text messages during the semester.

First-year students are notified of the HC Mentor Program approximately one month before starting their first semester. They are not required to participate and will be given the option to opt-out of the program if they so choose.

Benefits for the HC Mentors


HC Mentors receive a one-time scholarship award of $650 applied to the academic semester during which they serve. Students should expect to devote 2-3 hours per week to their mentoring duties.

Gaining Leadership Experience

The program is designed to offer meaningful opportunities to develop skills in leadership, programming, and relationship building. Aside from the stated responsibilities, HC Mentors will have autonomy to determine how to best connect with their mentees and accomplish the goals of the program.

Finding Personal Fulfillment

Most mentors would agree that the intrinsic reward of serving others as a mentor far exceeds the extrinsic benefits. Seeing others benefit from your time and energy is always a fulfilling experience. Plus, serving as an HC Mentor will almost certainly result in new friendships that last long after the term of service.

Program Eligibility

In order to be eligible to serve as an HC Mentor, applicants must hold the following qualifications by the start of the Fall semester:

  • Student must have achieved sophomore standing or higher and hold a cumulative UNLV GPA of at least 3.3;
  • Student must have completed at least 7 HON-prefix credits and hold an Honors College Core GPA of at least 3.0;
  • Student must demonstrate leadership abilities and a desire to give back as expressed in their HC Mentor Program application;
  • Student must be enrolled as a full-time student and available on campus for the entire Fall semester (i.e., not studying abroad).

How to Apply

We invite all qualified Honors students to apply for this distinctive opportunity. Please be sure to review the program objectives and eligibility requirements before submitting your application.