TMCF/Walmart Foundation First Generation Scholars Mentorship Program


The TMCF/Walmart Foundation First Generation Scholars Mentorship Program assists first generation freshmen with adjusting to the academic and social environment on TMCF member-school campuses. Each year, TMCF awards 65 scholarships to first generation freshmen and pairs them with qualified student mentors at their schools.

The primary objective of the program is to provide first generation college students with role models who give academic and social support, as well as overall college-life guidance that will assist in making the transition from high school to college a success.

Since the program’s inception in 2012, TMCF has selected and supported over 120 scholars and connected them with over 50 mentors. Each year, TMCF selects outstanding students to mentor the newly selected group of Walmart Foundation First Generation Scholars. Any eligible student on a TMCF member-school campus can apply to become a mentor.

To be eligible for consideration, interested students must:
  • Be a Junior, Senior, or Graduate Student with a 3.25 or higher cumulative GPA 
  • Be enrolled as a full-time student with (12 hours or more) each semester
  • Provide a recommendation from their TMCF Campus Coordinator 
  • Be active in student activities/organizations and/or other campus events 
  • Have familiarity with the student resources available on your campus and in the community 
  • Be able to provide academic, social and emotional support to your mentee(s)
  • Be eager to help your mentee adjust to the campus, the academic demands of college and life away from home

Program Benefits:
  • Resume builder 
  • Leadership development 
  • TMCF letter of recommendation 
  • $500 Stipend ($250 per semester)

Students interested in becoming a TMCF/Walmart Foundation First Generation Scholars Mentor should contact:

Tarlton Wade
Program Coordinator
p: 713.955.1084 | f: 480.287.9632
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2014-2015 TMCF/Walmart Foundation First Generation Scholars Program Mentors

Arekia Bennett-R
Arekia Bennett

Senior, Physics/Education Major
Jackson State University
Nathan Martin-R
Nathan Martin

Senior, Criminal Justice Major
Southern University at New Orleans
Canaan Briggins-R
Canaan Briggins

Senior, Accounting Major
Florida A&M University
Kathia Masseus-R
Kathia Masseus

Senior, English Major
Delaware State University
India Burnett-R
India Burnett

Junior, Political Science Major
Prairie View A&M University
Charlesworth McCarty-R
Charlesworth McCarty

Graduate Student, Masters in Education
University of the Virgin Islands
Dara Colon-R
Dara Colon

Senior, Psychology Major
Fayetteville State University
Courtney Rhoades-R
Courtney Rhoades

Junior, Biology Major
University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Jasmine Gatewood-R
Jasmine Gatewood

Senior, Theatre Arts Major
Alabama State University
Olivia Sedwick-R
Olivia Sedwick

Senior, Political Science Major
Winston-Salem State University
Mary Gray-R
Mary Gray

Senior, Biological Engineering Major
North Carolina A&T State University
Danielle Spears-R
Danielle Spears

Senior, B. A./Sales & Marketing Major
Tuskegee University
Kayla Fontaine-R
Kayla Harris Fontaine

Junior, Mass Communications Major
Virginia State University
Alisha Tunning-R
Alisha Tunning

Junior, Nursing and Psychology Major
Tennessee State University
Allison Hester-R
Allison Hester

Senior, Biology Major
Howard University
Olivia Turner-R
Olivia Turner

Senior, Mathematics Major
Texas Southern University
Patrick Johnson-R
Patrick Johnson

Senior, International Business Major
Howard University
R.L Wilson-R
R.L. Wilson

Senior, Accounting Major
Langston University
Shameka Kelley-R
Shameka Kelley

Senior, Mathematics Major
Lincoln University of Missouri
Derrick Young-R
Derrick Young

Senior, Psychology Major
Grambling State University
Jamesia Lollis-R
Jamesia Lollis

Junior, Political Science Major
Alabama A&M University