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APTA National - Centennial Mentor (Mentor to Centennial Scholar Program)

Signup Deadline: 08-15-2020
Starts: 01-01-2021
Ends: 12-31-2021


The APTA Centennial Scholars Program is designed to build a cadre of 100 future association leaders at both the component and national levels. The 12-month program will run throughout 2021 with a goal of engaging 100 scholars from each of the 71 APTA components. The Centennial Scholars curriculum will cover association leadership and management topics and be delivered through three face-to-face meetings and regularly scheduled virtual learning experiences during 2021. Additionally, each scholar will work directly with their sponsoring component to design and complete a capstone project that addresses an existing need as determined by that component.

Each scholar will have the guidance of a mentor who will work directly with up to four scholars to support the completion of their projects and provide guidance throughout the curriculum.

More information about the program, including scholar eligibility and selection criteria, guidelines for the capstone projects, and an outline of the program curriculum, is available here.

Time Commitment:

Depending on the mentoring needs of your assigned scholars, commitment could be up to four hours per month for 12 months, not including three face-to-face meetings.

Mentor Eligibility Requirements:

  1. APTA member in good standing
  2. Previous national or component leadership experience, such as serving on the APTA Board or a Component Board of Directors, or serving as committee or work group chairs. Catherine Worthingham Fellows or recipients of other APTA national honors and awards are also eligible for appointments as mentors.
  3. A commitment to guide four scholars through the program and fulfillment of their 2021 capstone projects
  4. Ability to attend the three in-person events (Mentor travel and lodging is paid for by APTA)
    1. January 16, 2021, Founders Day Weekend, New York City, NY
    2. April 2021 (exact date TBD), new APTA headquarters, Alexandria, VA
    3. September 12, 2021, Centennial Gala weekend, Washington D.C.


Leadership development

Volunteers Needed:

25 (25 open slots)

Experience Required:

4 to 6 years volunteer experience


Allyson Pahmer
APTA - Staff