khan shairani


Khan Shairani

“This award allowed me to have someone to talk to every step of the way. My guidance counselors were helpful however my mentor knew a great deal more as he had already been through the process.”

Auburn, MA
2013 College Prep Scholar
2013 National College Match Recipient
Swarthmore College, Class of 2018


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QuestBridge is pleased to offer the Amherst telementoring award in partnership with Amherst College, which is ranked as one of the top colleges in the nation by US News and World Report. College Prep Scholars selected for this award will be paired with an Amherst College student who will advise them by phone and e-mail about the college admissions process.

The Amherst students who provide telementoring are high-achieving low-income students themselves, and many are among the first in their family to attend college. Having recently navigated the college admissions process, these students can offer insight and practical know-how for navigating the process of getting into a selective college.

Telementoring Award Benefits

In addition to their own personal experience, the Amherst telementors have received extensive training that will enable them to answer questions on a range of topics, including:

  • What to look for in a college and how to choose the right one.
  • Filling out college applications and writing application essays.
  • How to approach the financial aid process.
  • Academic and social life as a low-income student at a highly selective college.

Telementoring Award Specifics

The telementoring awards are reserved by Amherst College exclusively for QuestBridge applicants, and are awarded by Amherst based on a separate application. Approximately 300 QuestBridge College Prep Scholars will be nominated by QuestBridge for the opportunity to complete Amherst’s telementoring application. Amherst will contact these students directly with application details.

Generally, most students that choose to complete the Telementoring application are sucessfully paired with a mentor. 


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