John Mitchell

pnet-bio-mitchell-johnMitchell — who joined the Fulfillment Fund in 2008 — supervises a team of two Associate Directors, three College Counselors and one Scholarship Program Manager in his role as Director of Counseling and Scholarships. His team provides not only one-on-one counseling and support to students through every aspect of the personal statement, college application and financial aid process, but also advises students and their parents on college choices and negotiate with colleges for improved financial aid packages.

Under Mitchell’s leadership, in the 2012-13 academic year the Fulfillment Fund provided 2,232 one-one-one college and financial aid counseling sessions, dispersed $371,250 in direct scholarships and stipends, and negotiated $3.8 million in financial aid packages.

Mitchell began his professional career at Bucknell University as a Program Coordinator in the Office of Student Life. He then worked at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) as a Resident Director and later as a Senior Admissions Counselor and Pre-Enrollment Advocate in the Office of Admissions. Before coming to the Fulfillment Fund, Mitchell was the Dean of Admissions and College Counselor for STAR Prep Academy in Culver City, Calif.

His mission for our youth is to be able to affect change and provide equal access to higher education. He has had the privilege to focus his efforts in encouraging underrepresented students to apply to and enroll in highly competitive colleges and universities throughout the country. Mitchell earned his Bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice, then continued to receive his Master’s of Education degree in Counselor Education, all from the Pennsylvania State University.