Additional FAQ’S

Every Peninsula College Fund Scholar is carefully matched with a volunteer mentor who serves as an ally, advisor, and role model throughout college and often beyond.

Leaders through service, PCF mentors are professionals in their chosen field who have a deep belief in the power of education to elevate and bridge the opportunity gap for first-generation scholars.

Mentors provide scholars with social/emotional, academic, and career support for a few hours every month and are a key component of our scholars’ college and career success. This long-term relationship helps scholars navigate through college and beyond.


The long-term relationships mentors and scholars form can be life-changing.

  • First time mentors
  • Returning mentors

PCF Mentor Recruiting Process

  • STEP 1

    Lunch and Learn

    To learn more about being a mentor for PCF, we often host mentor information sessions or “Lunch and Learns” for friend or work colleague groups. We can host a virtual session or come to your work/home to explain what it’s like to be a mentor.

  • STEP 2


    PCF asks candidates a variety of questions to gauge your interest and eligibility. If approved, we use the information from your application to ensure we make a strong match with a scholar.

  • STEP 3


    Eligible candidates are invited to attend an interview with PCF. We’re looking to understand who you are and what your personality is like.

  • STEP 4

    Review & Background check

    We carefully screen mentor candidates by asking for two references and a background check.

  • STEP 5

    Final Status

    During the mentor recruitment window, we will inform candidates once they become match-eligible. Match-eligible mentors are placed in a pool to await our incoming scholar cohort.

  • STEP 6


    And finally, once we have our new scholar cohort, PCF carefully matches mentors with scholars based on career interest, personality, and a variety of other factors.

Please note that not all candidates are deemed match-eligible. If there is a queue of mentors, some match-eligible candidates may not match with scholars immediately.

Mentoring hours contributed since 2005

  • 14,328

    Mentoring Hours

Volunteering with PCF

Below are some commonly asked questions about volunteering with The Peninsula College Fund

Success in College and Beyond