Writing Mentor Program


Thank you so much for your interest in being a writing mentor for one of our students! We are really excited for you to help a student with their U.S. Undergraduate application over the next few months.

EducationUSA students, including Competitive College Club members and individual advisees, come from all around Spain and are of different nationalities, ethnicities, and socio-economic backgrounds. But they all have one thing in common: they are passionate about gaining admission to a U.S. institution. For most of them, English is not their native language, so any advice and guidance you can offer them will be invaluable for helping to improve the essays they need to submit to their chosen universities. 

In the past, the relationships formed between mentors and their mentees have made a huge difference in keeping students focused and determined, as well as helping them feel supported during a particularly stressful time in their life.

We hope that you enjoy working with your mentee as much as they will with you.

For any questions about the writing mentor program, please contact Michaela (mtucker@educationusa.org)

This Year’s Events

Writing Mentor Training

Tuesday, September 26, 6:30pm CET

Mentor Check-In Meeting

Tuesday, October 17, 5pm CET

Previous Writing Mentors’ Experiences

What is EducationUSA?

What is Competitive College Club?

The EducationUSA Competitive College Club (CCC) supports Spain’s best and brightest students to have an improved chance at admissions to a U.S. college or university. Participation is free and open to all students residing in Spain of any nationality, ethnicity, and economic background. Students in 1º and 2º of Bachillerato (equivalent to 11th and 12th grade, respectively) who are in the top 10% of their class or have strong transcripts are eligible to apply, and applications to join the club are submitted when students are in the beginning of 1º of Bachillerato. 

Accepted students attend bi-monthly meetings held during the school year, virtually or in-person in Madrid. Students who are just beginning the college application process in 1º of Bachillerato are known as the CCC Juniors cohort. The following year, these students begin 2º of Bachillerato and become the CCC Seniors cohort. Students enter CCC as Juniors; new students are not admitted to the Seniors cohort.

There are no guarantees that CCC students will be accepted to U.S. colleges or universities or that they will be awarded scholarships from U.S. universities, but CCC’s intensive group advising guarantees the best possible chance.

Competitive College Club Programming

Understanding the U.S. higher education system; learning about what a Liberal Arts curriculum entails and how this differs from the Spanish system.
Financial aid advice and scholarship opportunities.
The role of the school counselor and teacher recommendations in the application process.
Understanding standardized testing, including the SAT, ACT and English exams.
How to research and choose a U.S. university. 
How to establish connections with U.S. universities as a way of demonstrating interest.
Writing competitive college essays—covering ‘personal statement’ type essays in response to prompts such as those included in the Common Application, shorter supplemental essays, and the extracurricular activities list.

IMPORTANT NOTE:The CCC is not a Fulbright grant program and participation in the CCC does not guarantee admission to scholarship awards from U.S. colleges or universities, nor does it give participants special consideration for future Fulbright grants.