to Become Involved with the Mentor/Protégé Program
From the TASFAA Diversity & Leadership
The TASFAA Mentor/Protégé Program
was established to help new Financial Aid Professionals become familiar
with the Financial Aid profession and TASFAA. The goal of The Diversity
& Leadership Initiatives Committee is to encourage members of the
TASFAA organization to share information in order to promote leadership
and diversity within the association.
One of the ways TASFAA has done this is by connecting new Financial
Aid Professionals with more experienced Financial Aid Professionals.
TASFAA believes this program is vital to engage the involvement of newer
employees. Among other things, mentors encourage their protégés
to get involved in one of the many committees. It is important for the
success of TASFAA for everyone to become familiar with the committees
and their roles in those committees.
Why would you want a Mentor?
Each individual will learn and understand new skills and concepts at
a different pace. With the guidance of a mentor, the learning process
will be less stressful and the newer employee will not feel alone. Therefore,
a mentor could make the difference between success and failure for a
new Financial Aid Advisor. A mentor would also be able to keep his/her
protégé up to date on the many changes that occur in financial
aid throughout a given period of time. This would allow the protégé
to learn where to find this information in order to stay up to date
in the future. Some positive protégé outcomes are: increased
self-motivation, self-discipline and self-esteem, increased interpersonal
skills, the acquisition and implementation of new knowledge, and enhanced
Why would you want a Protégé?
Considering the fact, once again, that each individual learns new skills
and concepts differently, it is possible that your protégé
could teach you a thing or two. New ideas and approaches are often born
from new talent. Then there is the obvious—that helping out a
fellow financial aid employee will bring you pride in knowing that you
were able to help and encourage someone else. Lending a helping hand
to others is quite fulfilling. Some benefits of mentoring are: the satisfaction
of being useful and helpful to someone else, gaining ideas, becoming
more outgoing, reinforcing professional identity, and a feeling of pride
in seeing your protégé learn and focus on goals.
How do I sign up?
If you are interested in getting a mentor, or being a mentor, simply
send an email to The Diversity and Leadership Initiatives Committee
and indicate which one you are interested in.