Thrive Scholars Program

The Thrive Scholars Program is a peer mentorship program in the Lyle School of Engineering that is designed to provide academic and social support for first-year and transfer students who are traditionally underrepresented in the fields of engineering and computer science. 

First-year mentees are paired with upper-class peer mentors who provide ongoing, one-on-one support during students’ first year at SMU. 

Benefits of participating in the Thrive Scholars Program include:

  • Attending events focused on social networking, leadership development, and well-being
  • Direct access to personalized academic advising and degree plan development
  • Opportunities to engage with faculty outside of the classroom
  • Connections to industry experts and diverse SMU alumni
  • Priority consideration for on-campus jobs in the Lyle School

Participation in the Thrive Scholars Program involves a one-year commitment, with additional opportunities to attend specialized events and serve as a peer mentor as students progress through their academic careers in the Lyle School.

Meet the Mentors

Cesar Sanchez

Computer Science, Class of 2023

Zaid Benyacoub

Computer Science, Class of 2024

Zeira Galindo

Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2023

Fatima Kunwer

Environmental Engineering, Class of 2023

Jordan Mays

Management Science, Class of 2023

Helena White

Environmental Engineering, Class of 2023

Ryan McGhee

Mechanical Engineering, Class of 2024

Meet the Leadership Team

Kelyn Rola

Director of Thrive Scholars Program
214-768-1025
krola@smu.edu
 

Kathy Hubbard

Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
214-768-3033
khubbard@smu.edu
 

FAQs

Thrive Scholars involves a one-year commitment for first-year mentees. There are additional opportunities to attend specialized events during students’ sophomore years and to serve as a peer mentor as students progress through their academic careers in the Lyle School.
No! Participation is at no cost for student mentees.
First-year and transfer students in the Lyle School of Engineering who identify as a racial/ethnic minority, first-generation, and/or Pell-grant eligible are encouraged to participate in the program. If you are uncertain of your eligibility, please contact ThriveScholars@smu.edu. There is no minimum GPA requirement to participate.
Mentors are upper-class students (juniors and seniors) from a variety of Lyle majors who have a passion for helping their peers succeed.
Mentees meet with their mentor twice per month and meet with the program director once per month.
The program hosts weekly seminars designed to help incoming students thrive. During these hour-long sessions, students have opportunities to engage with their Lyle professors and peers; learn about important college-related topics like financial literacy, stress management and mindsets, and résumé building; and participate in game nights and special-themed activities.