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Buckeyes Inspire

About Buckeyes Inspire

Buckeyes Inspire is a mentoring program which provides high school juniors and seniors with access to college preparation and coaching by current Ohio State students. Student mentors make a 1 - 2 year commitment to guide their mentees through the college application and selection process. Buckeyes Inspire is focused on students who are exploring the right fit for life after high school.

Vision: We will empower transformative leaders to serve their local community.

Mission: To build up the Columbus community by providing local high school students with peer-to-peer mentorship and coaching opportunities that are meant to foster a positive environment around the post-secondary education preparation process.

Apply to be a Mentor

The application to be a Buckeyes Inspire Mentor for the 2019-2020 school year is now open! Please fill out the application by Friday, September 20 at 11:59 p.m. to be considered for the position.

Mandatory Time Commitments

Mentors must be free on Friday afternoons from 12:30 – 4 p.m., from September 27 through late April. Mentors will travel to Whitehall Yearling High School (transportation provided) once per month, as well as attend a development session on campus once per month.  

Attendance at all Buckeyes Inspire events is mandatory and vital to your success as a mentor and the overall success of the program. Please only apply if you know that you are available on Friday afternoons from 12:30 - 4 p.m..

Be prepared to answer the following questions:

  • Describe why you want to be a Buckeyes Inspire mentor. (100 - 300 words)
  • Provide us with an explanation as to how this program could help you grow personally and professionally. (100 - 300 words)
  • What do you see as the challenges and obstacles to being able to have access to higher education? What could be done to help solve those problems? (100 - 300 words)
  • Describe yourself (i.e. your character, leadership abilities, or strengths as a leader) in a tweet. (140 characters or less)


If you have questions about Buckeyes Inspire, the application process, or availability, please contact Liz Feldman.