Applying for Peer Mentor Positions

The Application for the University Studies Mentor Scholarship for the 2018-2019 Academic Year will open for both Undergraduate and Graduate Peer Mentors on October 1st, 2017. All applications must be completed and submitted by 11:59 pm on January 19, 2018.


Apply Here: Application for Peer Mentor Positions


  • Applicants will be notified of their initial status in early-February, 2018.  
  • For those selected, interviews will take place mid-February.
  • Finalists will be notified in mid-March, 2018 and will attend a required spring training class. 

Our scholarship, the "University Studies Peer Mentor Scholarship," is listed under "General University Scholarships," which you can find by clicking "Application for Peer Mentor Positions."  Please note, the Graduate and Undergraduate Mentor Scholarships are listed under the same link.

Portland State University and the University Studies Program are equal opportunity employers, and Peer Mentors receive competitive compensation for their work.

NOTE: Graduate students at PSU are currently engaged in collective bargaining. Once an agreement is signed and ratified, the parameters of that agreement may significantly alter the graduate peer mentor hiring process and position. This Web site will be updated once a collective bargaining agreement is reached.

Who is eligible to apply?

All applicants must have a 3.25 current overall GPA.  Undergraduates who will have successfully completed 90 credits, including all transferable credits, or more by September 2018 may apply to become Peer Mentors for Freshman Inquiry classes. Students who are applying to a PSU Graduate Program or are already admitted to a graduate program by September 2018 may apply to become Graduate Mentors for Sophomore Inquiry classes. Post-Bac students and those pursuing only graduate certificates are not eligible to apply.

 University Studies Mentor Program Application Hints and Tips

  • Apply early! The General University Scholarship application is used by many programs, and it is lengthy. Be sure to get an early start and give recommenders ample time to write you a letter of reference.
  • Attend an informational session! Click here to RSVP for one. They're helpful for learning more and getting your questions answered.
  • The Peer Mentor Scholarship due date is EARLIER than most other scholarships due to the size of our applicant pools, number of awards we offer, and our training requirements. NOTE: Your recommenders need to meet OUR deadline, so please communicate this to them early as well. We cannot make exceptions.
  • Be sure to save your work! If you have not finished your application and you do not save before you exit the online application, your work will not be saved and you will have to start over again.
  • Remember to select "Review Answers and Submit" at the end of your application!
  • Check your spam filter for mentor program e-mails and adjust your filter settings to avoid these e-mails going into your junk box in the future.
  • If you need to have your application re-opened (for other scholarships that occur at a later time), you must communicate this with us and the Financial Aid office so that the database system does not lose access to your application for mentoring.

What are the additional requirements for the application?

Along with the application, you are required to write two short essays including the University Studies Mentor Essay and the Diversity Essay.

*Please note that if you are only applying for the Mentor Program's scholarship, you do not have to complete the essays for other departments or scholarships.  You only need to complete the 2 (two) University Studies Mentor Scholarship essays (including the Diversity Essay).

Two letters of recommendation are required. One of the letters of recommendation should be an academic reference. The other recommendation may be from a person who can speak to your work experience or life in the community.  The letters of recommendation are submitted electronically. You will be asked to provide an email address for those who are writing your letters of recommendation.

If you have any questions, please contact the University Studies office: 503-725-5890.

What is the recruitment and hiring process?

Applications are due by Friday, January 19, 2018.  Keep in mind this deadline is earlier than all other scholarship applications.

Applications will then be reviewed for minimum requirements, and those who meet the requirements will have their applications forwarded onto a committee for review.

NOTE: If an application does not meet minimum requirements by the due date, it will not be able to receive a review. We cannot notify applicants about incomplete applications, so please check it carefully and follow up with your recommenders about our due date.

Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted by email to set up an interview time.  Interviews will take place in mid-February.

Some interviewees will be invited as finalists (called “Mentor Candidates” at this time) to attend a training course that takes place during the Spring Term, and may be taken for academic credit or surveyed without credit. Mentor Candidates (finalists) are REQUIRED to take advantage of this training opportunity.

Pending Fall enrollment projections, successful Mentor Candidates will be offered contracts by August 15, 2018 to begin mentoring in the fall or be placed on a wait list for an open class.