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Nevada Promise Scholarship Mentors

Mentors are an important part of the Nevada Promise Scholarship.  A strong support structure is key to help students find success.

According to a 2011 study by the Institute of Higher Education Policy, mentoring for college students is a valuable strategy to provide students with the emotional and instrumental support they need to achieve the goal of a college degree.  Mentoring also helps students feel more connected and engaged on campus, ultimately improving the chances for success.

CSN is seeking mentors of all backgrounds who are willing to give 3-5 hours each semester to guide the future of Nevada: our youth.  Mentors must be 21 years of age, willing to provide information to conduct a criminal history report, and able to participate in one mandatory online training session.

All who are willing to serve should apply to become a mentor!

Our goal is to make your mentoring journey a success, check out our Mentor Resources.

Qualities of a Nevada Promise Scholarship Mentor

  • Willing to serve
  • Eager to help shape Nevada’s future by guiding Nevada’s youth
  • Ready to share knowledge and expertise
  • Enthusiastic about working and helping young people grow as future professionals
  • Passionate about their work
  • Kind and ready to pass it on

Mentors are NOT responsible for:

  • Being academic advisors
  • Tutoring
  • Being financial aid or admission experts
  • Being a mentee’s best friend
  • Knowing all the answers

Mentor Application Steps

2.  Complete mandatory mentor training as soon as possible
3.  A criminal history report will be conducted by CSN. 
4.  Placement: Mentors will be matched with one or more students.
5.  Meet with mentee once per semester, until the mentee graduates from CSN.
  • If your student is a high school senior, you must meet once by June 1.
  • Meet with your students once per semester.
    • Fall meeting by January 1; Spring meeting by June 1.

Mentor Commitment

  • Choose the number of students to mentor.
    • Mentors are allowed to work with up to ten students.
  • Starting in the Spring, schedule one meeting with your students. One meeting is required once per semester to maintain eligibility.
    • The first meeting must take place no later than June 1.
    • You select the date, time, and method (in-person, online, phone, email) of the meeting.
    • Mentors who have more than one student can meet as a group.
  • Contact your students once per month via email, phone, or video conference.
    • Suggestions will be provided about information to share with your students.
  • Commit 3-5 hours per semester.
  • Guide students through the Nevada Promise Scholarship requirements and be part of their support system.
    • Remind students of deadlines.
    • Ensure students know when to register for classes.
    • Share with students about CSN resources.
  • CSN will match students and mentors and provide student contact information from February through April. The Nevada Promise Scholarship office will match students with mentors once students have completed the March 1 deadline requirements, report at least four hours of community service, and submit the Mentoring Support Authorization Form.
  • Report your student mentor meeting each semester using the Mentor Response Form.


  • Mentors must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Mentors cannot be the employers of their mentee.
  • Mentors cannot be related to their mentee.
  • Mentors cannot be compensated to mentor. CSN employees are eligible to be mentors, but must not receive additional compensation for serving as mentors.
  • Each mentor must be willing to provide all the information needed to obtain a criminal history report.
  • Individuals are not eligible to become mentors if they have entered a plea of guilty, guilty but mentally ill or nolo contendere to, been found guilty or non-guilty but mentally ill, or been convicted of, in this state or any other jurisdiction, of a felony.