Gateway Student Mentor Program

Location: United States


The Gateway Student Mentorship program is an academic year-long volunteer program designed to connect incoming first-year students upper-level undergraduate students, and faculty who identify as and share the experience of being first-generation and/or lower-income (FGLI)*.


  • Currently enrolled Penn first generation and/or lower-income* rising junior or senior
  • Seeking mentorship from faculty
  • Have an academic transcript that demonstrates consistent performance and/or improvement over the course of time at Penn

Peer Mentor Responsibilities & Commitments 

  • Dedicate two hours per week to mentees and programming
  • Build rapport with mentees and connect them to appropriate Penn resources when needed
  • Participate in programming, workshops and events
  • Including New Student Orientation Kick-Off, YES @ Penn Module debriefs, Faculty/Mentor Lunch, Mentorship Fair, and more
  • Connect with faculty mentor monthly
  • Must attend spring (May 19-21, 2021 from 12-1:30pm) and summer training (TBD, asynchronous)
  • Availability for some evening/weekend activities

Application Components:

  1. Resume (See Career Services resume advice and samples for inspiration)
  2. Writing Prompts – Three questions (no more than 750 words total)
  • What is your definition of mentorship?
  • What is something you wish you knew as a first-year student at Penn?
  • What are your interests, passions, and aspirations?

University Sponsor

Penn First Plus