Panthers First

What is the program?

Panthers First is designed to support first generation college students in their first year on campus and provide leadership opportunities for upperclassmen first generation students. Incoming first generation students will be matched with an upperclassmen mentor that has been selected for the program. Mentors and mentees will be matched based on common academic disciplines. The program integrates first year students with the Drury culture and campus community and prepares upperclassmen with the skills necessary for success after college. Students will build connections across campus to better access to campus resources and learn more about the Springfield community. Mentors and mentees will meet for various activities (lunches, outings in the community, events, etc.) and be in contact on a regular basis to help ensure the success of mentees first year on campus. Mentors and Mentees will also participate in monthly development meetings designed to address the unique needs and goals of first generation students. 

How can I apply to be a mentor?

Follow the link below to complete the application. For questions and concerns, contact or call (417) 873-6803. 

Apply to Be a Mentor

How can I become a participant in the program?

Incoming students that have noted on their application that they are a first generation student will be contacted the summer before their first semester. At that time they will have the option to enroll in the program. The program is not currently accepting mentees. However, if you are interested in participating in Fall 2018, please contact Check out the link below to see last year's mentors.

Meet Our Mentors