PECS Volunteer Application
PECS guides nearby Richmond high schoolers through the college application process. We hold workshops where high schoolers pair one-on-one with VCU students to mainly write admissions essays, but also discuss college choices, navigate college portals and financial aid, and serve as an approachable peer. Email with any questions and visit us at

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Email *
Name (First Last) *
VCU Email ( *
Phone Number *
We strongly encourage the open sharing of personal (i.e., only email and text) contact information, which falls under our philosophy of creating and maintaining strong peer-to-peer mentorship bonds with our students. If you do not consent, please input “Nope”.
Are you a VCU Honors Student? If so, do you need Honors Engagement points? *
Year at VCU *
Freshmen are given a slight edge for mentoring positions because of their more recent experience with Common App, Coalition, SlideRoom, and other portals/requirements for college application. However, we will not discount your application if you are an upperclassman.
What is your major? *
If you are undeclared, please state this or any other potential major(s) you plan to pursue.
Please list some of your extracurricular activities and interests: *
List any previous experiences relevant to your application as a PECS mentor (E.g., tutoring, classroom experience, peer mentoring, college prep, writing prep, etc.) *
How many colleges/ universities/ programs did you apply to? *
Please type the # of colleges/universities you applied to during high school-college transition. This applies if you applied to only one (or more) community college(s) and if you took a gap year in between high school and college/university. This also applies if you applied to four-year institutions from the end of your two-year community college enrollment. If you applied to several colleges/universities, decided to attend a community college, and then applied to several colleges/universities again, please input the TOTAL NON-REDUNDANT SUM of colleges you applied to; do not count colleges/universities you applied to twice within all your application time.
What colleges/ universities/ programs were you ACCEPTED to? *
Please, oh please, DO NOT only input the most prestigious and/or your most proud acceptances. Our students require mentors with a wide range of school acceptances. If you were accepted to specialty programs/schools, please list them too (i.e. BS/MD programs, art schools, welding school, etc.) (Example Response: VCU, UVA, UofR, etc.)
What application portals did you use? (e.g. CommonApp, Coalition, school portal, etc.) *
Did you apply for financial aid/scholarships? *
Where did you find information on financial aid and scholarships during the application process? *
Do you have experience applying through FAFSA? *
What advice would you give to students in the college application process? *
Are you interested in a leadership role? (i.e., potential future Executive Board position) *
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