Dayton Scholars

The Robert J. Dayton Mentoring Scholarship

MENTOR Minnesota is pleased to announce the Robert J. Dayton Mentoring Scholarship in honor of our late founder.

Bob Dayton was one of Minnesota’s greatest champions for mentoring. Many describe Dayton as a “life enhancer” because he believed all young people deserved the privilege of having strong relationships with caring adults who could help them do great things. Many have been touched by his work and devotion to mentoring.

To commemorate Dayton’s legacy, MENTOR Minnesota, with the support of the Dayton family, is launching the new “Robert J. Dayton Mentoring Scholarship” to enhance and elevate the quality of  mentoring matches coordinated through mentoring programs that have completed Minnesota’s quality assessment, the National Quality Mentoring System (NQMS), formerly known as QMAP.

The goal of the scholarship program is to provide matches within MENTOR Minnesota’s network with financial assistance to nourish their mentoring relationships through educational, service learning, athletic, and/or social opportunities.

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About Robert J. Dayton

Robert (Bob) J. Dayton founded MENTOR Minnesota, formerly Twin Cities One-to-One and the Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota (MPM), in 1994 as a community initiative. The Dayton family has a long history of community leadership in a variety of business, social and philanthropic arenas. In 1992, Dayton attended an investment seminar where two of the presenters shared why they decided to make a significant personal investment to address the poor high school graduation rates of youth across the country. They were doing this by significantly expanding connections between caring adult mentors and youth that needed help navigating through high school, post-secondary education, and into their careers.

At this time, Dayton served as the chair of the United Way of Minneapolis Area Board of Directors and was charged with expanding the Success by Six initiative. He recognized that one-to-one mentoring would be a natural extension of Success by Six and could work to ensure that children ages 7-18 would have access to mentors to help them continue their educational, social, emotional, and cognitive development.