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 1:1 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 change the trajectory of our students lives by matching them with volunteers, resources, and a community that cares.
Free Online Resources for Any Student
Our suite of online tools, including 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 In-Person College Advising
Our Destination College program in San Francisco and our Kayne Destination College program in Los Angeles works hands-on with high school students who are the first in their family to attend college. Students are matched 1:1 with a College Coach and work together for a year throughout the college application process. Students can also visit our College Centers, which are open to the public and offer a variety of free services, including: college access workshops, individual financial aid counseling, test preparation, college visits, & more.
Virtual College Advising
In partnership with CollegePoint, ScholarMatch provides individualized college admission counseling virtually 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 1:1 support on everything from building their college list, to polishing their essays, to completing financial aid paperwork, to planning their travel to school.
Caring Support Network & Targeted Financial Support
All students deserve a support system in college. Without it, low-income and first-gen college students 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 have a staff member College Advisor offering support on all things college, as well as targeted financial support designed to remove all barriers to graduation.