Dayton Scholars

Created in memory of MENTOR Minnesota’s late founder and former board chair, the Robert (Bob) J. Dayton Mentoring Scholarship fund honors his memory and dedication to the mentoring movement in Minnesota. The scholarships support the enhancement and elevation of mentoring matches coordinated through quality mentoring programs within MENTOR Minnesota’s network. Scholarships provide financial assistance to nourish mentoring relationships through athletic, civic or cultural engagement, education, service learning, and/or social activities. Scholarships are awarded annually from applications available in January or February. Interested matches should check back for open application cycles.

In 2018, the Dayton Scholars program awarded 10 scholarships across the state of Minnesota. Matches requested scholarships for a variety of activities to enhance their relationships throughout the year, including:

Mentors and mentees shared how the scholarship helped enhance their mentoring relationships:

“It’s started a really good conversation about patience as it takes time to learn and master new things! He got a pin for learning rings yesterday!” – mentor of his mentee in juggling classes


“We’ve been doing a lot of great things in our community, but this gives us an opportunity to branch out and learn! R. is a great kid but had a rough start in life. He hasn’t gotten to do a lot of the stuff most kids have, and until the last few years, has not really had supportive healthy adults who took the time to show him these things. You guys are making a huge difference in his life and his early development.” – mentor who took his mentee to the Science Museum and a MN United Football game


“Thank you so much for the tickets. We really had a blast!” – mentee who went to a family fun park with his mentor and their families

“One year after starting swimming lessons, she can jump off the diving board and can tread water for a minute. Mondays are her favorite day of the week because she has swimming. She’s worn her swimsuit to school under her uniform because she’s so excited for it [swimming]. Her mom has even started taking her and her sister to the pool on Saturdays.” – mentor of her mentee in swimming classes



The application for 2019 is now closed. Check back for future opportunities.

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Contribute to the Robert J. Dayton Mentoring Scholarship

Bob was one of Minnesota’s greatest champions for mentoring. He believed all young people deserve the privilege of having strong relationships with caring adults who can help them do great things. Bob was called a “life enhancer” because of his work. MENTOR Minnesota and its generous donors will continue to further his legacy of relationships through the Dayton Scholars program. You can make a donation online or with a check made payable to MENTOR Minnesota. Please note in the memo line “Dayton Scholars” and send to:

MENTOR Minnesota
Attn: Dayton Scholars
43 Main Street, Suite 508
Minneapolis, MN 55413