Panthers First

Panthers First is a peer mentoring program designed to support the unique needs of first-generation students at Drury University. Incoming first generation students will be matched with an upperclassman mentor who 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 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. 

Mentor Schedule 2018-2019          Mentee Schedule 2018-2019

Program Overview

Mentoring Relationships

Upperclassmen are paired with freshman first-generation students to form a mentoring relationship. Mentors are expected to communicate frequently with their mentees and meet up with them at least twice a month in the fall and spring.

Group Programming

Mentors and Mentees attend monthly leadership and professional development sessions with their peers. Group programming will occur August-February.

Social Events

Mentors and mentees are encouraged to participate in campus and community events and group-building activities arranged by the program.

Mentor Check-Ins

Program staff meet with mentors on a monthly basis to discuss concerns they have about their mentees, strategies to support mentees, and the mentors' personal and professional goals. 

Role of a Mentor

  • Meet one-on-one with your mentee(s) throughout the fall and spring semesters.
  • Attend monthly leadership/professional development sessions.
  • Meet with program staff for monthly check-ins.
  • Participate in social events with other mentors and mentees.

How can I apply to be a mentor?

Follow the link below to complete the application. Contact or call (417) 873-6803 with questions or concerns. 

Apply to Be a Mentor

How can I become a participant in the program?

Incoming students who 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.