Volunteering

Select College Awareness Month Contest Winners (Fall)
Volunteers judge student entries in CollegeBound’s College Awareness Month Contest, an annual art, poetry, and essay competition for K-8th grade Baltimore City public school students.  Winners and their families are invited to participate in an awards ceremony in November at the National Aquarium.
Time Commitment: Two to three hours for one weeknight judging session in October.

Evaluate Scholarship Applications
Scholarship readers evaluate scholarship applications submitted for CollegeBound’s $3 million scholarship portfolio.  Each spring, CollegeBound receives hundreds of applications from Baltimore City Schools’ students for scholarships based on criteria including academic merit, community service, and resilience.
Time commitment: First-time volunteers attend a two-hour training session in February. Essay review and scoring is completed online at your own pace.  Requires 15-20 hours in March and April to review and score submissions.
To volunteer, contact Andrea Ledbetter at (410) 783-2905 x211 or aledbetter@collegeboundfoundation.org.

Mentor College Students (Year-Round)
The CollegeBound Urban Scholars Program provides scholarships and skill building workshops to Baltimore City public school graduates attending Maryland colleges and universities. Mentors play a vital role in the program, helping scholars understand the value of a college degree and offering professional guidance.
Time commitment: One-year minimum commitment to meet one-on-one with mentees during college breaks and touch base during the year through emails and phone calls.

For more information or to sign-up for a volunteer opportunity, contact Lauren Comber at (410) 783-2905 x215 or lcomber@collegeboundfoundation.org.