Mentoring Programs

 Student Affairs mentoring programs can help manage a student’s transition and foster campus connections. These programs offer opportunities for students to gain skills that will provide a foundation for success at the university while building supportive relationships with program staff. Mentoring programs use peers and professional staff to connect students to resources and social networks, highlight strengths, develop goals, build academic skills and provide growth opportunities throughout their college career. Offering students these connections and resources often leads to increased student success, both in and out of the classroom. 

NAU offers mentoring programs catering to a variety of students—from Native and Veteran students to those who simply want a little help outside of class. Mentors tailor assistance to each student’s unique needs, helping them develop academic skills, understand course feedback and connect with resources, programs and job opportunities. The wide variety of mentoring programs at NAU ensures you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.

Mentoring Programs

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    Blavin Scholars

    Who it’s for: Northern Arizona University undergraduate students who have been a part of the foster care system.

    Paul and Amy Blavin started a NAU scholarship program for people who have aged out of the foster care system. Students who are Arizona residents seeking an undergraduate degree and who have demonstrated financial need and experience in the foster care system are eligible for this scholarship.  Full time enrollment is required.

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    First Scholars

    Who it’s for: First-generation college students who meet certain requirements

    First Scholars aims to dramatically increase the graduation rate of college students who will be the first in their families to earn a four-year degree. It offers an annual scholarship, one-on-one progressive mentoring and enrichment and personal development through workshops and service learning opportunities over the course of four years.

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    Native American Student Services (NASS) Freshmen Scholars

    Who it’s for: First-year and transfer students who identify as Native American, Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian.

    NASS Scholars is a transition program to help Native students develop skills and strategies for success, learn about campus resources, navigate the university system and make connections. It includes a three-credit course on community engagement and social justice that fulfills a Liberal Studies requirement.

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    Peer Jacks

    Who it’s for: First-year students from out of state.

    Peer Jacks assists students in making connections and building community through one-on-one mentoring and on- and off-campus events. The program provides educational and social opportunities that lead to academic success. Participating in the program enhances students’ first year experience, sense of belonging and transition to the university.

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    Residential Learning Communities (RLC)

    Who it’s for: First-year students who want to live with others sharing their major or interest.

    RLCs assist freshmen with their transition to campus through a shared residential experience, grouping participants by interest or academic major. Community mentors coordinate programs and interactions that build strong connections with other RLC students, faculty and staff.

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    SLC's Academic Mentoring

    Who it’s for: Students who want to develop and refine study skills and improve academic performance.

    This program pairs students with a peer academic mentor to develop the study strategies and transitional support necessary to succeed in and beyond the NAU classroom. Through targeted, one-on-one sessions, peer academic mentors help students improve academic performance and connect to resources.

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    Student Support Services

    Who it’s for: Students who are first-generation, low income or foster students, or those with a documented disability.

    SSS offers mentoring, coaching and connections to first-year and other eligible students. Freshmen receive mentoring from juniors and seniors and join a small support network of peers. The programs adapt to help sophomores, juniors and seniors get the individual mentoring and coaching they need.

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    Successful Transition and Academic Readiness (STAR) program

    Who it’s for:  Arizona residents who identify as First-generation or Pell-eligible.

    STAR helps Pell-eligible students and those who will be the first in their families to earn a four-year degree make a successful transition to the university environment by providing a supportive and nurturing educational and social experience.

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    TEAM Mentoring

    Who it’s for: Students who identify as part of an underrepresented student population.

    TEAM Mentoring provides a supportive experience for the personal and academic development of students. It offers a continuing orientation to Northern Arizona University and aims to facilitate the academic, social and intellectual growth of participants throughout their academic careers.

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    Transfer and Commuter Connections

    Who it’s for: Students transferring to NAU, and students that commute to campus.

    TCC provides services and support to incoming transfer, and commuter students. Through mentoring and social and academic events, the program connects students with others and with resources on campus