Multicultural Students

The Amigo Scholarship & Program

Mission 

To provide a peer mentorship opportunity to first-year (FY)/ transfer underrepresented students. Through this year-long program, Amigo mentors will provide guidance on how to better transition to college and adopt positive study skills. Amigos will be matched based on gender, interests and if possible majors. To be eligible for this scholarship program, prospective students must be invited to participate in the Lloyd and Lois Martin Multicultural Scholarship process and must fulfill all requirements and eligibility criteria. Several students will then be invited to be part of an interview process, on Messiah's campus, on a day in February or March. An in-person interview is required.

  • Partial tuition will be given to up to 30 students for a total of 120 in all four cohorts. Students who receive the Amigo Mentoring Scholarship must maintain at least a cumulative 2.5 GPA in their first year and at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA in subsequent years.
  • The scholarships are awarded once a year and begin in the fall semester. They are renewable for up to four years at Messiah College.
  • Students must complete all components of the program in any given year to maintain scholarship.

Goals

  • At the end of this program mentees will feel better prepared to engage successfully in college-related activities, curricular and co-curricular alike.  
  • Mentees receive one-on-one peer guidance on how to manage school work. 
  • Mentees will feel connected to at least one upper-class student. 
  • Students will feel more connected to the Multicultural Programs-Intercultural Office and will see it as a resource.

First Year

Amigos will:

  • Start online-communication with Amigo mentor over the summer.
  • Attend the Office of Multicultural Programs Welcome Reception at the start of the fall semester.
  • Have two informal meetings with Amigo mentor a month (lunch/dinner in Lottie, attending an organizational meeting, study session) 
  • Attend monthly Amigo Group event 
  • Maintain at least a 2.5 GPA
  • Students will be expected to respect the Messiah College Community Covenant and maintain good standing with the College by not being on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension.

Second Year, Third Year & Fourth Year

  • Juniors and seniors will be encouraged to be mentors in the Amigo Mentoring Program. 
  • Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.
  • Students will be expected to respect the Messiah College Community Covenant and maintain good standing with the College by not being on academic or disciplinary probation or suspension.

Academic Difficulty

If a student is deemed to be in academic difficulty he/she will meet with the Director of Multicultural Programs to identify a plan for success specific to that student. Strategies can include, but are not limited to, attending study hall sessions, meeting regularly with specified staff and faculty and using other academic resources on campus on a regular basis.

Application Process and Selection Criteria

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