Mentorship program honors mum’s 42-year legacy at Lehman College – Bronx Times


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Lehman College partners with national mentoring organization iMentor to launch a new program that will provide 260 freshmen and transfer students who are already enrolled in one of the organization’s high school programs with one-on-one mentorship and support to help them excel academically and university in four years.

The Alice Griffin Scholars Program is named in honor of Alice V. Griffin, who taught at Lehman for 42 years until her retirement in 1991. Griffin was instrumental in founding the Graduate Program of English de Lehman and served as its director. She was also the mother of iMentor founder John Griffin, who supports the program with a million dollar donation. Lehman will provide up to $ 20,000 for the first year of the program, $ 30,000 for the second year and up to $ 40,000 for the third and fourth years.

“Our partnership will be focused on developing braided services and building teams to dramatically increase college completion and bridge the disparities in our underserved communities,” said Reine Sarmiento, Assistant Vice President and Vice President management of registrations at Lehman. “It’s a great model for how community organizations and colleges can work together to support student success. “

iMentor partners with 13 New York City High Schools, including five in the Bronx. The organization pairs each student in partner schools with a university-trained mentor to provide personalized support from high school, through college and early in their careers. The Alice Griffin Scholars program will be for students of these schools who will enroll in Lehman as freshmen or later transfer to the college and work with the students to lead to the completion of studies on time.

In addition, the Alice Griffin Scholars program will provide in-depth college counseling, financial aid workshops, internship support, and activities for academics and mentors. iMentor will host an annual Alice Griffin Scholars event each fall where students will have the opportunity to learn more about its legacy.

iMentor will also offer students up to $ 2,000 per year in financial incentives to help cover the cost of their academic expenses. Even with financial aid, students may find it difficult to cover indirect expenses related to their studies, such as transportation costs, books, supplies, and food.

“I founded iMentor to help give students additional support to build their futures, especially their college paths,” Griffin said. “I hope the Alice Griffin Scholars program will help remove barriers so that students are even more empowered to pursue their highest ambitions.”

iMentor has a reputation for dramatically improving college enrollment and completion rates for the students it serves, while Lehman has been recognized for its high rate of social mobility or its success in propelling graduates into 40% of the richest employees nationwide. In September, Lehman was ranked # 4 among the best colleges for social mobility in the Northeast by American News and World Report.


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