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What is the CMS?
MPACE offers the Career Mentoring Scholarship (CMS) Program to provide current graduate students and new professionals a direct connection to experience career services/university recruiting hands-on. It is an opportunity to meet with people currently working in the profession. This is a great way for MPACE to showcase new and future professionals in the field.

Who is eligible?
  • Graduate students currently enrolled at an MPACE member institution. Students should be pursuing a degree related to the career services field (counseling, higher education administration, student affairs, human resources, etc.)
  • Interns, including Campus Ambassadors currently or previously employed by an MPACE employer member.
  • New professionals (including:  human resources, management trainees, etc. ) with less than 3 years experience.
 What are the benefits of being selected as a CMS recipient?
Selected applicants engage in structured experiences under the direction and supervision of career center staff/employer. MPACE members interested in nominating an individual should refer to the application process listed below. The MPACE Education & Research Committee will select and make scholarship awards to a total of five (5) recipients from MPACE campuses/employers, with a limit of one (1) person being selected per region, as appropriate. The scholarship covers:
  • Conference Registration (valued at $525) 
  • Travel (up to $600) to attend the MPACE Annual Conference | Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Phoenix, AZ December 11-13, 2013
  • One-year MPACE Membership (valued up to $150)
 Additionally, recipients will have the opportunity to:
  • Develop professionally through mentorship and attendance at the MPACE conference
  • Expand their professional network
  • Gain conference presentation experience
What is required of CMS recipients?
  • Required to obtain a letter of recommendation from Career Center Director/Employer or nominator.
  • Must commit to a minimum duration of four (4) months during which time they spend at least forty (40) hours working towards the CMS project (including: meeting with mentor, presentation preparation, informational interviews, etc.).
  • Attend regularly scheduled supervision meetings with an assigned career services/university relations professional. The focus of these sessions is to broaden the awareness of industry best practices, career development theory, university relations, student affairs, and other related topics.
  • Lead or actively participate in a project within their employer, campus or community that facilitates their understanding of the career services/university relations profession.
  • Maintain evidence of their learning through activities such as journals, reflection papers and similar assignments.
 What is required of CMS mentors?
  • Provide supervised sessions and assigned readings intended to promote the CMS recipient's understanding of career services/university relations.
  • Offer assistance and guidance related to the CMS recipient’s project.
  • Support deserving recipients for the MPACE Career Mentor Scholarship (CMS) Program.
What types of projects have CMS recipients completed in the past?
Sample projects include the following:
  • Interview students to gain a greater understanding of communication styles related to the Internet and socialization, and gather information about students’ expectations regarding their career center.
  • Launch an Alumni Mentor Network and improve the marketing and branding to reach more students.
  • Design workshops and host a podcast focusing on career success for international students.
  • Design and disseminate career information to first year students through career development classes, and make recommendations of the content that should be implemented. 
  • Create a Career Counseling model for students to assess current life circumstances to make a decision about a career choice and take action.
How do I apply?
Nominations and application for the 2013 CMS Program are now being accepted! Complete the
CMS application before the Deadline of Monday, July 15, 2013.
Please contact the MPACE Education & Research Director: Deb Crane at:


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