Health Careers Scholarship and the Mentorship Program
In 2016, Health Plan of San Joaquin expanded the scope of the Health Careers Scholarship Program and added a complementary Mentorship Program. Recipients of the Health Careers Scholarship Program are required to participate in the Mentorship Program.
The purpose of the Mentorship Program is to pair knowledgeable professionals, particularly those in the medical and health care fields, with incoming college freshmen and provide support, reassurance and encouragement for them to continue in the field.
The mentor enhances the mentee’s college experience by:
- Offering one-on-one interaction
- Fostering professional development
- Identifying challenges (academic or personal)
- Helping to develop goals and providing guidance so that the mentee feels empowered to succeed in the program and stay on-track until graduation and beyond!
Here’s What Our Mentors Are Saying
“It has been such an honor to be part of a scholarship program that supports the success of its students in so many ways. Don’t underestimate what you have to offer to our student mentees. Anyone can be a mentor: the only qualifications are an open mind and a caring spirit. As a mentor, you will have an opportunity to positively impact someone else’s life. And sometimes, the life you end up changing is your own: there are so many ways to reflect and learn more about yourself in the process of helping others. In the words of Maya Angelou, “[To be an effective mentor] you don’t have to know how many square miles are in Idaho, you don’t need to know what is the chemical makeup of blood or water. Know what you know and care about the person, care about what you know and care about the person you’re sharing with.” – Kristen Tokunaga
“Mentoring is an enriching experience for both the mentor and mentee. Mentors should influence mentees in a way that evokes a can-do attitude and confidence. Mentors have to be encouraging and assure the mentees that feeling overwhelmed is normal while reassuring them that they can accomplish their goal!” – Maria Aguglia
“As a mentor, I believe I’ve been effective in helping my mentee Crystal stay on track in her educational goals to become a physician and have fun while doing so! The hallmark of success is to see her return home after graduating and get a job in the Central Valley. If she eventually becomes an HPSJ Provider, then I reached the pinnacle of success as a mentor!” – Cheron Vail
Posted on February 27th, 2018 and last modified on March 15th, 2018.