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Rubin Mentor Application

We will accept new applications for the Richard Rubin Scholar Mentoring Program in January 2021.

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.

Established in 2004, the program's fundamental objective is to advance the academic, inter-personal, social, and professional success of Swarthmore 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.