About the Program

At MDC Hialeah, we believe in the power of education to transform lives and communities. We provide all SCHOLARS (Service-Centered, Holistic Opportunities for Learning, Achievement, Retention and Success) participants with a mentor as a way to ease their transition from high school to college. Participation in SCHOLARS will help build and strengthen those skills we know are essential to becoming a changemaker: empathy, leadership, communication and teamwork. First-time in college students will receive educational advice, career development, financial aid assistance and overall guidance from a second-year MDC Hialeah student. Our program is designed to build relationships and strengthen learning opportunities outside of the classroom, in an effort to maximize the college experience at MDC Hialeah Campus. We also have a ton of fun along the way. But don’t take our word for it. Click on the video to listen to Mat and Andy.


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Mentors' Benefits

  • Engage in a volunteering opportunity, valued by employers
  • Develop leadership and management qualities
  • Gain recognition for your skills and experience and benefit from a sense of fulfilment and personal growth
  • Increase your confidence and motivation
  • Improve communication and personal skills
  • Enhance your resume
  • Reinforce your own study skills and knowledge of your subject(s)

Mentees' Benefits

  • Gain practical advice, encouragement, and support
  • Learn from the experiences of others
  • Develop your communication, study and personal skills
  • Increase your social and academic confidence and become more empowered to make decisions
  • Identify goals and establish a sense of direction
  • Develop strategies for dealing with both personal and academic issues
  • Gain valuable insight into the next stage of your college career

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Promotional video for Hialeah Scholars Mentorship Program

Mutual benefits for mentors and mentees

  • Academic Service-Learning Opportunity
  • Networking with MDC community
  • Official MDC-Hialeah student group
  • Participate in activities, workshops, lectures and luncheons
  • Tickets to MDC sponsored events, such as the Film Festival and Book Fair
  • MDC Bookstore vouchers
  • Vouchers valid for book and/or material purchases
  • Coupons
  • MDC letter of recommendation
  • Kayaking Trip to Oleta State Park
  • Connections to exclusive internships and job opportunities


Though your relationship with your mentee will evolve, here are a few clear expectations for you and your mentee. In addition, you will receive support and encouragement from a large community of fellow mentors who are passionate about helping mentees.

Apply Today!

Get started with the application process in just 3 easy steps

  • Complete the Application and reference Form

    You have the option to either complete an online application or print the PDF version and email the completed form to us. Along with the application, you must also submit a reference form. Applicants are required to have at least 1 personal reference.

    Complete the form and send to hialeahscholars@mdc.edu.

  • Email your documents

    If you fill out the application online, it will automatically be sent to the appropriate office. If you’ve chosen to work with the PDF, both the application and the reference form must be completed, scanned and sent via email to: hialeahscholars@mdc.edu


I enrolled for the SCHOLARS program… [which] consists of having a mentor that explains goals and guidance into maintaining effective student life skills. My mentor discussed the importance of having my MAP on me at all times, registering for classes on time, and to be involved on campus.
I got lucky and was assigned to be in SCHOLARS, which I’m glad I had the honor to be chosen…Everyone should be provided with a mentor, in my opinion, because it’s such great help to talk to someone who knows how everything operates and has had college experience…
I eventually met with… [my] mentor, and it was a great experience meeting with him! I was all ears when [we] met… He was extremely helpful and insightful; I still keep in contact with him and ask for his advice on things that are not even school related at times.
Being able to experience a mentor’s guidance had taught me the important meaning of being a role model and that maybe I can one day fulfill in those shoes and help out students…
I was part of the SCHOLARS program where we did a lot of great things.

Meet the Task Force

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April Gaddis

Associate Director of Learning Resources Email: agaddis@mdc.edu

Alejandro Leyva

Alejandro Leyva

Associate Instructor Learning Resources aleyva1@mdc.edu

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Jacob Shilts

Director of Career and Advisement Services Email: jshilts@mdc.edu

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Corrinne Lockamy

Director of ACCESS (Disability Services) Email: clockamy@mdc.edu

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Monica Jeffries

Director of Campus Services Email: mjeffri1@mdc.edu

Nerys Torralbas

Nerys Torralbas

Associate Instructor Learning Resources ntorralb@mdc.edu