Become a Marathon Mentor

Crater Lake excursion with long-term match John & Anthony

Marathon Mentors are college graduates who commit to supporting a student for at least 4 years as they prepare for and head off to college. Their Scholar is paired with a separate Sponsor who donates $12,000 to the Scholarship fund for their college education.

Marathon Mentors:

  • Change a life!
  • Take the lead in supporting a young person through an ongoing, one-on-one relationship
  • Serve as a positive role model and friend
  • Build a relationship through consistent, long-term communication
  • Communicate with their Scholar weekly by phone, mail, e-mail
  • Plan in-person activities with Scholar once a month to expand their view of the possible and learn more about them

Sponsor a Scholarship

Sponsors are a critical component of the Marathon program and donate $12,000 to the scholarship fund to support an entire Scholar Class – usually $100 a month for 10 years. They receive annual updates about the progress of their special group of Scholars and are invited to celebrate at annual events. Each Scholars in a Sponsor’s class is paired with a Marathon Mentor who provides one-on-one mentoring to support the student in their marathon to college.


  • Change a life!
  • Expand a child’s view of the possible
  • Provide a powerful incentive to motivate Scholars toward long-term success
  • Help make college a financial reality

Often, volunteers choose to do both the Sponsor and Mentor portions of the Marathon program. Please contact us if you are interested in supporting Marathon Scholars in both ways!

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