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 play a vital role in the ecosystem of support for 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.

PCF Mentor Recruiting Process

  • Step 1

    Learn More

    We often speak to companies, networking, and friend groups to generate interest in becoming a mentor and to share our mission. Let us know if we can host a mentor information session for your company, colleagues, or friends.

  • Step 2

    Submit a mentor application

    We use information from a candidate’s application to learn more about them, and once approved, to match them with a scholar. The application, open from December until May, consists of short answer questions and two reference requests.

  • Step 3


    Selected candidates are invited to attend a 45 minute interview where we learn more about them and confirm their interest and eligibility in becoming a mentor.

  • Step 4

    Review Application

    PCF reviews all application and interview materials. Selected candidates are contacted to complete a background check.

  • Step 5

    Final Status

    Upon completion of reference and background checks, candidates are notified of their "match-eligible” status and placed in a pool of mentors ready to be matched with a mentee.

  • Step 6


    Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis within our recruitment window, December - May. Mentors are matched with scholars in mid May.

* Not all candidates are invited to interview or selected as mentors. All decisions regarding mentor matching are confidential.


  • October 2


    Application Opens

  • March 29


    Application Deadline

  • April 12


    Reference Request Submissions Deadline

  • April


    Final Interviews

  • May


    Mentor/Mentee Matching

  • June 8


    New Mentor/Scholar Orientation

Mentoring Hours

  • 34,368

    # of mentoring hours contributed supporting 1st-generation scholars since 2005


Frequently Asked Questions

Please review our FAQ for commonly asked questions.

Success in College and Beyond