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Nephrology research assistant Shenaz Khan is a College Now Mentor of the Year

1-26-2018 College Now Mentor of the Year

A better education and better health go hand-in-hand. That’s why we partner with College Now Greater Cleveland, an organization helping local students reach their academic goals.

Every year, College Now awards students need-based scholarships for the duration of their college careers. All scholarship recipients are paired with a mentor to serve as a guide, sounding board and friend throughout their college journey.

At College Now’s annual awards banquet earlier this month, MetroHealth nephrology research assistant Shenaz Khan was chosen as mentor of the year.

Shenaz was nominated by her mentee, Anna Rothstein. The two have been paired together for almost three years, and Anna says that relationship has been a huge asset. Their connection goes beyond friendship, however. Shenaz is also helping Anna get ready for life after college. Through her connections as MetroHealth, Shenaz arranged for Anna to shadow researchers and doctors in the nephrology lab where she works.

“She knew that my goal was to get into med school and she’s been with me every step of the way,” Anna says. “She is a truly kind person who has been there for me whenever I needed to talk.”

Although she knew that as a mentor she’d be expected to provide support to a college student, Shenaz says the relationship has been just as beneficial for her. “I learn from Anna. She’s been wonderful, and I couldn’t ask for more from a mentee.”

Need proof that they’ve formed a great team? The two have plans to remain in touch, and they have a reason to: Anna’s starting medical school this fall.

In this case, we’re not sure who needs congratulations first. Anna for her success or Shenaz on her now award-winning mentorship? No matter the order, we’re cheering for them both!

Each year, more than 20 MetroHealth employees serve as mentors, and we’re hoping to increase that number in the future.

To learn more about College Now, and to see how you can become a mentor, click here.