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College Coach

Volunteer to impact a student’s future with just a few hours per month.

What is a College Coach?

A college coach provides critical guidance to high school students during the college application process. In your role, you will:

  • Explore college options and help students find colleges that match their academic profile, financial fit, and general interests
  • Guide students in developing and editing personal statements
  • Support students with filling out financial aid applications
  • Motivate students to stay organized during the application process
  • Help students review financial aid award letters and make their final college decision!
  • Work with students via phone, text message, email, and video calls


Interested in being a college coach with ScholarMatch? To qualify, coaches must:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree
  • Complete our sequence of online trainings
  • Pass a criminal background check
  • Commit to supporting two students, averaging 5-8 total hours per month, between July 2022-June 2023 (matched coaches)

Volunteer Training

Don’t have college access experience? No worries! We provide robust online trainings for volunteers throughout the year.

  • Our volunteers are required to complete a series of five training modules before becoming ScholarMatch college coaches.
  • Volunteers who pass our introductory training will be invited to complete the onboarding module, which provides detailed instructions and all the necessary tools and resources to become a college coach.
  • College coaches will also have access to various webinars throughout the year to guide them as they provide critical mentorship and support to students. In addition to these informational webinars, coaches receive monthly newsletters and continued support from ScholarMatch staff for the entirety of their volunteer commitment.
  • Meet a Current Coach!

    Interested in learning what it’s like being a volunteer with ScholarMatch?

    Meet virtual college coach Burcak, a two-year volunteer from New Jersey. Read her Medium blog for insight on her experience coaching her students to success and tips she shares for new coaches joining our volunteer program.

    Sign Up Here!

    Thank you for your interest in applying to become a college coach at ScholarMatch. Please complete the contact form below and our team will get back to you with the application once our recruitment cycle begins for the 2023-24 program year.