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The Richard Rubin Scholar Mentoring Program
For first-generation, underrepresented, low-income, or immigrant students, navigating Swarthmore and everything past graduation can be overwhelming.
Established in 2004, the Richard Rubin Scholar Mentoring Program gives these students the support they need to thrive at Swarthmore by matching first- and second-year applicants with faculty or staff mentors. After working with their campus mentor for one year, students are eligible to apply for a summer internship with an alumnus or alumna mentor and funding to cover related expenses.
“The Rubin program is about providing the support that many students might get from other places in their lives, especially if they come from a more privileged background,” says Associate Professor of Educational Studies Diane Anderson, a member of the program steering committee and mentor to many Rubin Scholars. “As it expands, we hope it can provide more resources for students who struggle with the ‘hidden costs’ of a college education, whether that’s help paying for books or finding a job.”
With 134 Rubin Scholars on campus, the program is one example of the ways in which Swarthmore is building an inclusive community, one of the four priorities of the Changing Lives, Changing the World campaign. To meet the demands of the growing program, Rubin and his supporters have offered $500,000 in matching funds, of which just over $400,000 has been raised, to expand the program’s endowment by $1 million.