After retiring last year, Wiltonian Robert Maher decided to become a mentor through Person-to-Person (P2P)’s Mentoring 4 Success Scholarship program.
P2P mentors sign up to be positive role models for local high school graduates in the P2P program — many of whom are the first in their families to attend college.
Mentees are awarded $5,000-per-year college scholarships and matched with mentors, with whom they work with over four years, until they graduate from college.
Prior to becoming a P2P mentor, Maher and his wife, who have three adult children of their own, served as a A Better Chance (ABC) of Wilton host family for Sophie Delfeus, a first-generation Haitian-American from Queens, N.Y., who graduated from Wilton High School in 2013.
“We helped her through the college process and she’s now a third-year student at Amherst and is currently enjoying her semester abroad in Chile,” said Maher.
“The experience with Sophie led me to look towards the Person-to-Person model.”
Maher mentors a 19-year-old named Medinard Michel, who, like Sophie, is a first-generation Haitian-American with “a lot of potential and a lot to offer.”
“He’s diligent, hardworking, thoughtful, earnest, and he totally understands the opportunity that’s been presented to him,” said Maher.
“He’s up at UMass, where he’s about to begin his sophomore year. He was tapped last semester to become an honors student, which is no small thing. It’s a very big honor and he takes that with great pride.”