Richard Rubin Scholar Mentoring Program 2018

Applications for the Richard Rubin Scholar Mentoring Program are now closed. We will be accepting new applications in January 2019.

Students will be considered for the Rubin Scholar Mentoring Program through two routes: they can be nominated by a faculty or staff member with whom they already have a mentoring relationship, or they can self-nominate and ask a faculty/staff member to sponsor them, and become their campus mentor.

Now in its thirteenth year, the program's fundamental objective is to advance the academic, inter-personal, social, and professional success of Swarthmore College students who are underrepresented or first generation students. The Rubin Scholar Selection Committee will select students, regardless of their sex, race, ethnic background, age or sexual orientation. The Committee will use the following criteria in evaluating and selecting student candidates:

The student is receiving financial aid from Swarthmore College.

The student is a currently enrolled freshman or sophomore.

The student is any one (or more) of the following: a first generation student, student of color, low income student, from an underrepresented background, and/or underrepresented in their field of interest.  

If a student has not been nominated by a faculty or staff member, the student can nominate themselves, but needs to provide a written recommendation from a faculty/staff member who also agrees to serve as their campus mentor.