Access Monash Mentoring

At Monash, we believe that everyone deserves an equal opportunity to access and excel at university. Our Access Monash Mentoring program aims to improve university access and participation for talented students from low socio-economic backgrounds.

In this program, Year 11 and 12 students from our partner schools are paired with experienced and engaged Monash student mentors to work in a one-on-one mentoring relationship for the final two years of secondary school. Current Monash students are able to develop their skills and give back to the community, while aspiring senior secondary school students receive assistance to transition into higher education.

As a mentor, you will support secondary school students one-on-one and in groups, helping them make informed decisions about their future.

Benefits:

  • Develop your leadership, communication and teamwork skills
  • Join a community of other high-achieving Monash students
  • Meet and network with senior Monash staff, alumni, and community leaders
  • Record of your participation on your Australian Higher Education Graduate Statement
  • Have the opportunity to make a difference to someone’s life
  • Gain experience for your resume
  • Be considered for the Monash Mentor Scholarship ($4000 per year)

Eligibility:

  • Full-time Monash University student for the year
  • Achieved 65% average in your studies (current students), or minimum ATAR of 85.00 (commencing students)
  • Completed Year 12 in Australia
  • Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or be an Australian permanent resident, or hold a Permanent Humanitarian visa, a Safe Haven Enterprise visa, a Temporary Protection visa, or a Bridging visa A or E
  • Be able to commit to meeting up to 3 mentees at their schools fortnightly
  • Be able to commit at least 2 hours of your time per week over the academic year
  • Be able to travel independently to schools or Monash campuses to run activities

As a mentee, you will be matched with a current Monash student who will mentor you throughout Year 11 and 12.

Benefits:

  • Receive individual mentoring from an experienced Monash student
  • Gain insight into university life
  • Clarify future goals
  • Explore your study and career options
  • Gain support and study tips from someone who has completed VCE
  • Exclusive access to some Monash programs
  • Make new friends and expand your network

Eligibility:

  • Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, be an Australian permanent resident or  hold a Permanent Humanitarian visa, a Safe Haven Enterprise visa, a Temporary Protection visa or a Bridging visa A or E
  • Be in Year 11 or 12 in 2021
  • Attend an Access Monash partner school
  • Be considering studying at university
  • Be the first in your family to attend university, OR attend an under-represented school, OR have a low income, OR be an Indigenous Australian, OR live in a low socio-economic area
  • Have your application endorsed by your school
  • Have parent/guardian permission.

Arnav and Pranav share their experience being in the program.

Ankita and Ali share their experience being in the program.

Tuition

Tuition fees for this program are waived by the host institution. While on exchange you remain enrolled at Monash and continue to pay fees to Monash University. Find out more here.

Cost of living

One semester abroad will generally cost you approximately AUD$10,000 – $15,000, however this varies depending on destination and your individual living standards.

Monash funding

Find out about Monash Abroad Travel Scholarships here.

Find out about Monash University Travel and Placement Scholarships here.

Australian government funding

Find out about the Overseas Higher Education Loan Program (OS-HELP) here.

Testimonial: Trinity Woodman and Cheryl Batagol

Trinity Woodman was in her final year studying the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Science, Economics and Applied Mathematics when she joined the Betty Amsden AO Alumni Mentoring Program. She wanted a mentor who could support her in deciding what career path would suit her passions and interests when she graduated. She was matched with Cheryl Batagol, who is the Chair of the Environment Protection Authority for Victoria and was keen to provide a helping hand to others and give back to the community.

Trinity and Cheryl met every few weeks and had an immediate connection. At their first mentoring session, Cheryl helped Trinity formulate three goals for the year:

  • To connect with industries and understand their similarities, differences and her interests in each.
  • To develop a 5-year career plan.
  • To get a job.

During the program, Trinity and Cheryl discussed Trinity's interests, potential career paths, decision making, work-life balance, management and interview techniques. Cheryl introduced Trinity to her contacts in different industries who were happy to talk to Trinity about their organisation, its values, culture and where she could fit in. Cheryl recognised Trinity had strong leadership potential and helped her confidence grow.

"I see Trinity as an outstanding leader though she does not necessarily recognise this. I wanted to her to see that leadership is not a position in an organisation, rather it is achieved through developing capabilities and exercising those capabilities every day in every situation," Cheryl said.

With Cheryl's help, Trinity successfully secured a position in the Victorian Public Service's Graduate Program, where she will be an analyst in the Department of Treasury and Finance. Trinity sees this as a good fit for her and she is looking forward to her future there.

"I now see work in the perspective of achieving an ultimate purpose rather than as a career path for achieving a salary. Through developing my skills, networks, and capabilities I hope to eventually change something big for the better," Trinity said.

Important Dates

Mentor applications open Monday 3 August
Mentor applications close Friday 30 October
Mentee applications openMonday 7 September
Mentee applications closeFriday 27 November
Program commences February 2021

Program Contact

Access Monash
E: accessmonash@monash.edu
T: 9903 1197

Access Monash Mentoring

Length: 9 months

Program type: Student to VCE student

Location: Victoria