The JCU Student Mentor Program was established in 1991 by Learning Adviser, Helen Treston and was the first of its type in Australian Higher Education. The Program received a commendation by the 2004 Australian Universities Quality Agency (AUQA).
In 2013, the program received a JCU Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning and, additionally, was honoured with the Overall 2013 JCU Citation in the same category. In the same year, the program received a national citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning from the Australian Office of Learning and Teaching for '21 years of an institution-wide program of student peer support that has adapted to the challenges of, and engagement with, increasingly diverse learners'.
In December 2015, the Student Mentor Program received a JCU Award for Excellence in the category of Reconciliation in recognition of the program's partnership with Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mentors. The 2015 award marked the first time an Award for Excellence recognised contributions to reconciliation at JCU. It rewards staff for building stronger relationships, demonstrating cultural respect and creating opportunities for study and employment for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
(Right) Presentation of the JCU Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning to the Student Mentor Program team. From left, Peter Hanley, Professor Greg Hill (Vice Chancellor, University of the Sunshine Coast), Lyn Rooke, Alan Calder, Josie King and Melissa Mallie.