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Welcome to ScholarMatch, Vanessa!

Please welcome to the ScholarMatch family our newest addition, Vanessa Baker! Vanessa joined us in mid-November as our Director of Generosity, with a focus on building relationships of mutual support and generosity among donors, volunteers and students alike. Vanessa brings more than a decade of experience working with donors and community members at organizations like the YMCA, Outward Bound California, and Impact Bay Area. She shares just how excited she is to be a part of ScholarMatch:
“During the interview process, I just couldn’t help but fall in love with ScholarMatch: the mission, the staff, the students, the culture. It’s rare to find an organization with simultaneously so much heart and so many smarts. It has touched my heart especially to hear just how far ScholarMatch will go to ensure that students have the support they need.”
Vanessa would love to hear from you! If you have thoughts or ideas, questions or concerns about how we cultivate a spirit of generosity at ScholarMatch, please reach out to her at or (415) 652-2766.

Student Spotlight: Yadilena Dances Folklórico!

We were dazzled when we received this photo from scholar Yadilena right before her folklórico performance on campus! Yadilena is a first year student at UCLA who intends to major in Mathematics. In her first semester, Yadilena joined Grupo Folklórico de UCLA, an organization dedicated to preserving Mexican culture at UCLA.

Folklórico is a traditional Mexican dance that emphasizes and celebrates folk culture, where women dress in bright and colorful emblematic dresses. Yadilena is extremely proud to showcase parts of her heritage and looks forward to promoting her beautiful culture while at UCLA. Congratulations on your stunning performance, Yadilena!

Supporter Spotlight: The Bon Vivants

We’re incredibly lucky to partner with so many community organizations and companies that are located right in the Mission District. We’d like to give a special shoutout to our newest community partner and neighbor, The Bon Vivants! To help support our student scholarships, their team has crafted and is currently selling these intricate, handmade tiki mugs, where all proceeds will be donated directly to ScholarMatch!

Interested in purchasing your own mug? Stop by Bon Voyage on 17th and Valencia Street! (And while you’re there, we highly recommend trying out their scrumptious cocktails – you won’t regret it!)

Join ScholarMatch in 2019

Looking for a change of pace in the new year? Why not join the ScholarMatch team! We are looking for two members to join our San Francisco office in 2019 as our Development & Operations Assistant and Program Assistant. 

You’re the perfect fit if you care deeply about college access and equity, can thrive in a fast-paced and fast-growing environment, and have strong opinions about tacos. Join us!

View our open job listings here!