Many of the scholarships Big Shoulders Fund awards have a mentoring component. We are always looking for individuals interested in mentoring to participate in our programming. Big Shoulders Fund mentors meet with students monthly at the school site and serve as a positive adult role model for students that could benefit from this type of support.
We provide mentors to both our elementary and high school scholars. The program asks for a minimum of a year commitment as we wish to provide our scholars with a consistent and stable relationship with their mentor.
Interested in becoming a mentor? Check out our Mentor Resources page to get to know the kind of activities mentors provide Big Shoulders Fund Scholars and be sure to view the Mentor Profile below.
Want to get involved? Please contact our staff.
Senior Director, Philanthropy, Partnerships, and Engagement
312.751.3850 ✶ firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Director, Volunteerism and Engagement
312.566.4403 ✶ email@example.com
Bill Powell, Area Executive Vice President at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.
Bill Powell is the mentor of the sixth grade Gallagher Scholars at St. Margaret of Scotland School, located in Chicago’s Washington Park community. Bill is also Area Executive Vice President at Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Over the last fourteen years, he has mentored four different groups of Gallagher Scholars and has been a positive and consistent presence in students’ lives. Recently, Bill has recruited a number of his associates from Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. to also become mentors.
Bill writes: “Being a Big Shoulders Mentor is a tremendous experience. When I meet with the students (approx. every 4-5 weeks), we usually review their current school assignments and projects, and also talk about what is happening in their personal lives, any trips they’ve taken or movies they’ve seen, etc. I encourage them to keep their grades up, and always remind them to think ahead to high school and college.
I want them to know that admission to a good college is attainable and, with scholarships, affordable. We recently started doing service projects together. We also march in the St. Patrick’s Day parade every year with their parents, which is always fun. What’s great about being a Big Shoulders Mentor is that you receive so much more than you give. Seeing the young men and women mature and develop through high school and into college is truly rewarding, and knowing you play a small part in shaping their lives is truly rewarding.”