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  • Mentor

    Our mentors provide a very special connection for our scholars.

    How You Can Help:

    Our applicants often need someone to bond with to help navigate their way.  You can be that person by providing encouragement and offering counsel and guidance.  Forming a one-on-one relationship with a scholar can help support and advise their future growth.  For scholars living in shelters, benefitting from our efforts to advance their job readiness, you can help them gain confidence. You can also help by being a resource, disseminating information that will inform their decision making. We want to support our awardees efforts and help advance their cause.  For our college bound scholars, we want to see them take on roles of leadership that  involves community stewardship.  Sign up today to become a volunteer mentor.  Together, we can help influence a life for the better.

    How to become a mentor

    Send an email today, to letting us know you’d like be a mentor.  In the subject line add “I Want to Mentor”.


    Katti Gray

    Prize-winning, veteran journalist Katti Gray’s work has been published by, among other news organizations, Newsday, Essence, Jet, DailyYonder.com, TheRoot.com, SHRM.org, ColorLines.com, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Toronto Star, Buffalo News, New Orleans Times-Picayune and Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Check out her work at katti@kattigray.com and www.linkedin.com/in/kattigray. Katti has volunteered to help our scholar Cheyenne with editing a college paper, sharing her skills and time.  Thank you so much Katti.

    Paul Andrukonis

    Paul holds degrees from Virginia Tech (Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering) and Georgetown University (Master of Business Administration), where he graduated cum laude and with high distinction, respectively. After earning his MBA, Paul went to work for Citigroup, where he currently serves as the Director of Marketing Planning in Citi Cards. Prior to joining Citigroup, Paul worked for eleven years at Lockheed Martin in roles ranging from software to engineering to management. Paul’s interest in tutoring began in high school, where he tutored fellow students in various levels of math. While in college, he continued tutoring several of his friends in introductory electrical engineering and math classes. Paul remained active in educational outreach after graduating college by serving as the Lockheed Martin relationship lead with a local high school. In this capacity, he helped recruit fellow Lockheed Martin employees to serve as tutors, mentors, and judges for science fairs and business-focused contests, in addition to serving in these capacities himself. Paul has volunteered to help our scholar with her studies related to math and science.  Thank you so much Paul.