Health Sciences Academy Mentorship

Health Sciences Academy Mentorship

Cosby dates:
January 2017 - May 2018

Cosby Mentor Application:
September 4 - November 17, 2017

Richmond dates:
August - May 2018

RPS Mentor Application:
March - April 2018


Eligibility Requirements

Current VCU undergraduate students.

Program Description

Health Sciences Academy (HSA) Mentorship is an opportunity for VCU undergraduates to serve as mentors to high school students enrolled in the HSA health sciences exploration course.  HSA mentors have a significant impact on the high school students, helping them to navigate career options in the health professions.  Drop-off and pick-up shuttle transportation service is provided for all mentors serving in local schools.

Mentorship training and skill development are supported by active participation in Service-Learning classes.  Through the service-learning courses, HSA mentors gain skills at effective mentoring practice by applying developmental and educational theories to motivate mentees to be successful in a college course.

Mentorship responsibilities

Each HSA mentor will be paired with one or two high school students to develop a mentoring relationship. The mentor’s primary role in the class is to help their mentees develop college success skills. Mentors will be required to work in teams with other mentors to develop group presentations on college success skills; evaluate mentees written work and class participation; foster good communication skills, both oral and written, and assist mentees in developing their final presentations on their career development.

Application Requirements

All VCU undergraduates are encouraged to apply to become mentors. Students enrolled in Psychology, Interdisciplinary Sciences, or the Kinesiology and Health Sciences major or minor programs can use the upper-level service-learning course to fill curriculum requirements.

Applicants do not have a minimum GPA requirement but must enroll in the service-learning course required for the high school they will be working with. The designated times that service-learning and mentoring courses meet are placed on students’ course schedules upon acceptance into the program.  Please see the participating school links for specific information regarding the service-learning course curricula.

To be eligible for mentoring opportunities, students must apply by the stated deadline. Mentors must pass a criminal background check to serve in the Public School System. 

Participating school information:

Mentoring Opportunities at Cosby High School for VCU Undergraduates

Mentoring Opportunities at Richmond Public Schools for VCU Undergraduates

Program Contact Information

 Shelly Schuetz, High School Pipeline Program Coordinator at (804) 828-1716 or

Virginia Commonwealth University
Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences
Division for Health Sciences Diversity
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