Skills That Shine FAQs
How are Mentors selected and matched with students?
Like Mentees, Mentors will self-select into the Skills That Shine (STS) Mentorship program. They will be STEM professionals volunteering their time in support of Scholars who share their interests and seek their guidance.
Mentors and Mentees will be matched based on several factors including professional interests, industry, locale, and communication preferences. Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) will make every effort to ensure a positive match. While your Mentor may or may not have past or present experience in your field of study, every Mentor will have valuable knowledge and expertise to share. We encourage you to make the most of your time with them.
How do I schedule meeting my Mentor?
Once matched, WSOS will send you an e-introduction to your Mentor. From there, you can respond by emailing your Mentor with something like:
Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms _____,
Thank you for taking the time to be my Mentor. I would like to find a time when we can meet or speak by phone in the next two weeks. What is your availability? I am available…
I am looking forward to working with you.
About two days before you are supposed to meet, WSOS will recommend sending another email or leaving a voicemail to confirm the meeting—brief, yet including important information. You could write something like:
“Hi. This is _____. I am looking forward to seeing you at noon on Tuesday, the 14th, at the entrance of Chili’s. Thanks again for being willing to do this!”
How often can I expect to meet with my Mentor?
You should expect to meet with your Mentor at least three times. Following an online orientation to the program, you will be required to move through the Greetings and Goals module to allow time to get to know your Mentor and choose which modules you will work through together. WSOS will request that you choose/complete at least two STS modules. When working through your chosen modules, your meeting may be conducted in-person, over the phone, or via video-conferencing (Face Time, Skype, Google Hangout, etc.). WSOS strongly suggests having at least one in-person session. Doing so will enhance your communication and allow for a stronger mentoring relationship.
Where should I meet with my Mentor?
WSOS recommends that your meetings take place at either a public location or your Mentor’s workplace.
What if my Mentor and I struggle to find time to meet?
WSOS will support your efforts to meet at a time and in a way that is convenient for both of you. Assuming you wish to meet in person, WSOS will encourage you to meet at a location that is mutually convenient, taking both your schedules and travel times into consideration. Can you meet somewhere between your home/school and their office? Would a Saturday be preferred over a weekday? WSOS will support you in getting the most from the Skills That Shine Mentorship.
We will encourage you to attempt a phone or video-conference session if you do not feel you have time to meet in person. If you have iPhones, Face Time might be a good choice. You could also try Skype or Google Hangout.
How do I access STS modules and worksheets?
Once you have completed the online STS Orientation, you will be given access to the online menu of STS modules. From there, you can print off the module materials that your Mentor-Mentee Team has chosen.
What if my Mentor and I do not seem to be a good match?
If for any reason your team is incompatible, either party can request to have the match dissolved. Where possible, this should be discussed with your Mentor beforehand out of respect for them. If you would like to be re-matched, every effort will be made to do so.
Who do I contact if I have other questions?
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at SkillsThatShine@waopportunityscholarship.org.