The HSF coaching program is the main differentiator between HSF and other scholarship organizations. One-to-one coaching is a significant contributor to a student’s academic success.
Since many of our students are the first in their family to attend college, they may be unfamiliar with the culture of higher education and may not have the benefit of learning from their family members’ college experience. Being a college student is a dramatic lifestyle change from being a high schooler and having a coach to guide a student through the transition is an important factor which increases their odds for success.
Students are each assigned a Success Coach to mentor them throughout the college journey. Success Coaches help their student monitor progress with their degree plan and stay on track to meet the Hendrick program requirements. They also provide direction with important decisions regarding other aspects of their student’s life when asked and help guide students to learn to self-regulate, set priorities, and develop good study habits. A success coach is an advocate and a supportive resource, providing encouragement and helping the student stay focused on his or her goals.
Our Success Coaches are a team of volunteers comprised of current and retired educators, business professionals, and community volunteers dedicated to supporting all students. They bring with them a vast array of experience from various industries and a strong network. Coaches are matched by the student’s field of study to optimize the mentoring relationship. They attend annual training to understand their role in lending to student success.
A Student’s perspective: what’s in it for me? Students receive benefits from the HSF program beyond a scholarship; the network of the “Hendrick family” of peer students, alumni students, Success Coaches, Student Coordinators, volunteers, board members, and staff has an immeasurable positive impact on our students’ lives.
From a student’s perspective, Success Coaches provide the following:
- open communication with a Success Coach provides relevant mentoring and informal counseling
- a resource for a student to go to for positive reinforcement, who is a trusted adult who listens and cares, provides an ear to brainstorm problem-solving, understands how to prioritize, and gives general guidance
- reminds the student to be accountable to himself or herself regarding the expectations that are placed on the student
- regular dialogue to be able to provide support in a timely manner (connection to tutors or other assistance)
- a positive link in the student’s network for life beyond college