ScholarMatch is the only major nonprofit that combines a crowdfunded scholarship platform with game-changing college access support for low-income youth.
We focus on what our students need most: hands-on help applying to college, financial assistance, 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.
Strategic In-Person College Advising
Destination College works hands-on with low-income high school students at our San Francisco College Center, and through partnerships with local organizations and schools. Our services are free and open to the public. We offer weekly college coaching, college access workshops, individual financial aid counseling, test preparation, college visits, and our own in-house college search tool.
Virtual Destination College
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.
Critical Financial Support
Our crowdfunded scholarship program matches donors with incredible students who need their support. Our scholars participate in Destination College as high school students to maximize their financial aid and draw modest student loans, but still face a gap between their resources and the full cost of attendance. Our ‘last-dollar’ scholarships close this gap, averaging just under $3,000 per student annually.
College to Career
Caring Support Network
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.