College access & persistence support with strategic scholarships for students who need it most
Seven Years of Support
ScholarMatch provides a seven-year continuum of services for students who are the first in their family to attend college.
Our services include online tools, college access services, targeted scholarships, and one-on-one student support all the way to college graduation. We focus on what our students need most: hands-on help applying to college, financial assistance that removes barriers to graduation, and a support system through college. With a unique, community-centered approach, our programs help change the trajectory of our students’ lives by matching them with volunteers, resources, and a community that cares.
Free Online Resources for Students
Our suite of online tools, including the ScholarMatcher, our list-building tool built in-house, support students in every step of the college application process. From building a balanced list to tracking progress in the application process, our tools are free and open for all to use wherever they may be.
Destination College Programs
Strategic College Advising
Our Destination College program in San Francisco works hands-on with high school students who are the first in their family to attend college. Students are matched one-on-one with a college coach and work together virtually for a year as they navigate the college application process. The Destination College program also offers virtual workshops, individual financial aid counseling, and more.
College Advising Through CollegePoint
In partnership with CollegePoint, ScholarMatch provides virtual individualized college admission counseling to low-income, high-achieving students nationwide. Students in this program will be matched with a trained volunteer college coach for their senior year in high school and receive one-on-one support on everything from building their college list to polishing their essays to completing financial aid paperwork.
Caring Support Network & Targeted Financial Support
All students deserve a support system in college. Without it, first-generation college students from low-income backgrounds drop out at five times the rate of their more advantaged peers. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We stand behind our students with transition support during freshman year all the way to career mentorship opportunities for upperclassmen. Students in our Destination College program are invited to apply to our Scholars Program to receive robust support in college from a staff member college advisor, as well as targeted financial support designed to remove all barriers to graduation.