ScholarMatch makes college possible for underserved youth, from application all the way to college graduation.
How We Started
Founded in 2010 by author Dave Eggers, ScholarMatch began as a San Francisco-based crowdfunding platform for scholarships. In the process of administering student scholarships, it became apparent that students needed a support system. To meet this need, in 2011 the ScholarMatch rapidly began transforming into a full-service college access organization and now serves students nationwide at every point of the college journey. In 2015, we launched the ScholarMatcher, a groundbreaking college-list building tool optimized for the needs of low-income students, and began to offer college advising services virtually to high school students outside of the Bay Area. In 2016, we expanded our college services to serve students in Los Angeles and look forward to further expansion in the LA-area. Today, ScholarMatch is a nimble 20-person organization that is actively growing and constantly refining programs based on what works.
What We Do
ScholarMatch delivers targeted in-person and online support to low-income students at key points in their college journey. Our organization consists of three programs– Destination College, Virtual Destination College, and College to Career. Together, these three programs, along with robust scholarships, create a support network from when students first begin their college application all the way through to graduation. Our services are free for students and available for contract by outside community-based organizations and foundations. Learn about each program here.
Where We Work
The ScholarMatch team is located in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Our high school team serves Bay Area high school students in-person at our College Center in the Mission District of San Francisco and work virtually with high school students from across the country. Our college team serves college students who are spread out throughout the state of California and beyond. Our network of volunteers spans the globe, mentoring our students on the college application process in-person in our San Francisco drop-in center as well as virtually from across the country and abroad.
Our Core Values
ScholarMatch believes that culture is paramount. We are committed to maintaining a vibrant, productive culture that fosters growth, support and excellence. Our core values guide culture and we strive to live into them each day.
We are committed to continuous improvement, doing our best, and setting the bar high for ourselves, our students, and our volunteers. Our purposeful pursuit of excellence drives us towards learning, listening, innovation, and working towards our highest potential individually and collectively.
We act with integrity, embodying honesty, ethical conduct, and moral courage— even when no one is around to see us do it. We stand up for what is right, speak truthfully, and strive to create a culture of trustworthiness and safety for everyone we meet.
Generosity of Spirit
We live with generosity of spirit. This expresses itself in a multitude of ways: we know that others may carry great unseen burdens and treat them with compassion, we feel and express deep gratitude for what we have, we give the benefit of the doubt, we empathize, pitch in, celebrate, and care. Generosity of spirit is at the core of our relationships to each other, ourselves, and the world.
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