Letter from Our Founders
Early in 2008, after a number of meetings on the CSUMB campus, it became apparent to us that there is a need for a program to assist some of the many students from area high schools who are first generation in their families to attend college – a program that would provide scholarship funds and mentors, with the mentors being the heart of the program. We wanted to “pay it forward”, and we also wanted the students involved to learn how to “pay it forward.” As a result, we conceived of what is called the Pay It Forward Scholarship and Mentoring Program at CSUMB. Not only was the program to provide four year scholarships totaling $20,000 to each student, but was also designed to pair each student with a mentor for the four years, AND to require that each student in turn mentor a younger student for at least five hours per month, now through The First Tee of Monterey County. The program provides more than academics; it also provides life lessons that result from the relationship with a mentor.
The program’s growth, and the number of students that it can serve, is limited only by the funds available each year for new scholarships. Watching the students mature over their four year careers in the program is a gift to us. Please join us. You will be giving a gift to them, but also to yourself. Together, we can make a difference and change the lives of some students, their families and their communities.
– Mike and Linda Dorn, Founders of the Pay It Forward Scholarship and Mentoring Program