Call for Mentors

Make a Difference in the Life of an Esperanza Scholar

For Best Consideration, Apply by August 10, 2020.

The Esperanza Education Fund, Inc. is a community-financed college scholarship and mentorship program founded and operated by a diverse, all-volunteer group of young professionals in the capital region. Since our founding in early 2009, we have awarded more than $1 million in college scholarships to immigrant students in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. Unlike most scholarships of its kind, the Esperanza scholarship is open to all immigrant students regardless of ethnicity, national origin, or immigration status.

In addition to helping scholars pay for their college tuition, the Esperanza Education Fund continue to support its scholars through our Scholar Success program. The purpose of the program is to provide students with an additional resource for navigating college and the multiple challenges they confront as they develop professionally. We match interested scholars with local mentors who are passionate about supporting scholars throughout their college education and beyond. Esperanza mentors are accomplished professionals dedicated to giving back to their community.

What Does Becoming a Mentor Entail?

Regular Contact and Periodic In-Person Meetings

Esperanza recognizes that each mentor-scholar relationship is unique. We encourage each pair to maintain monthly contact via phone or email. In addition, we ask that each mentor visit his or her scholar on campus at least once a year. All our scholars attend a college in D.C., Maryland or Virginia. The time commitment can vary widely across mentor relationships. However, time involvement is typically between 3-7 hours a month.

Participation in Three Annual Events

Esperanza also hosts three annual events for its scholars that mentors are highly recommended to attend. These events include a mentor orientation, meet & greet connecting mentors and volunteers, and a career development day.

How Do I Become a Mentor and Support the Scholar Success Program?

Apply Here!


Complete our application online and submit your resume to Veronica Marin, Scholar Success Chair at For best consideration, please submit your application & resume by August 10, 2020.

Support Programming and Recruitment

Even if Esperanza is unable to match you with a scholar, we still welcome your support and encourage you to get involved! If you are interested in serving on the Scholar Success Committee, where we plan events like our annual career day and recruit professionals to serve as mentors, email Veronica Marin (