Health Sciences Academy (HSA) Mentorship

Eligibility requirements

Current VCU college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in mentoring public school students. 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.

Program description

HSA Mentorship is an academic year semester-based program. All students will be screened for criminal background prior to enrollment in the service learning courses. Participants participate for course-credit during the fall and/or spring semester depending on the high school they will be working with. Through the service-learning courses, HSA mentors gain skills in effective mentoring practice by applying developmental and educational theories to motivate mentees to be successful in a college course. 

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.

Drop-off and pick-up shuttle transportation services are provided for all mentors serving in local schools. Commitment to full attendance, including an orientation session and closing event, is required to participate.

Contact information

Dr. Seth Leibowitz at (804) 828-1761 or

For program dates, location and application information please click on the participating high school information below.

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.  

Mentorship training and skill development are supported by active participation in VCU Service-Learning classes. Courses are open to students in any major. Students enrolled in the Kinesiology and Health Sciences, Psychology, or Interdisciplinary Sciences Programs can use course credit to fill major program requirements.