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We offer college access services and support for first-generation students


Destination College is a college access program for students in the San Francisco Bay Area run by ScholarMatch. It is a flexible program, offering both remote and in-person components designed to support high school students who are the first in their family to attend college as they go through the college application process. Eligible students who participate in the Destination College program will be invited to apply to our Scholars Program, and other scholarship programs, to support their college journeys. 

Our goal is to develop partnerships in an effort to reach and serve as many high school students as possible in our community. Local high schools and community-based organizations play a key role in identifying students to join Destination College and should use this resource page to inform their internal recruitment process for our program.

Meet The Team


Meet The Team


Meet The Team


How It Works

Juniors Apply: High school juniors are invited to apply beginning April 1. Application remains open until program capacity is filled.

Student & Coach Match: Students are matched with a College Coach who works with the student throughout the year. Communication happens virtually, taking place via phone, video chat, email, and text as they navigate the college application process. Students may also receive virtual drop-in support.

Milestone Completion: Students are encouraged to complete all “College Ready Milestones” to help them stay on track with their college application.

Seniors Apply to Continue: In the spring of the senior year, eligible students who complete their milestones can apply to ScholarMatch’s college program.

College Support: Students who are accepted into the Scholars Program, or another scholarship partner, will receive college advising, financial support, and career mentoring all the way to college graduation.


Destination College Program
High school students from the greater San Francisco Bay Area who will be the first in their family to earn a bachelor’s degree are invited to apply to the Destination College program.

Scholars Program
Students who complete the Destination College program may apply to the Scholars Program if they: Completed the “Prepare” and “Apply” ScholarMatch College Ready Milestones, have an EFC under $20,000, and be first-generation college students. Preference is given to students who are Pell-eligible.

Selection Pool

ScholarMatch partners with high schools and community-based organizations to increase the number of first-generation college students applying and matriculating to best-fit colleges. Through strategic partnerships and relationships, we can collectively support students in the San Francisco Bay Area.

If you know students who can benefit from our program and are interested in becoming a community advocate with ScholarMatch, please help spread the word about our program and we’ll be in touch.

Important Dates

Destination College Program

April 1, 2021: Application opens

May 15, 2021: Application closes

June 1-4, 2021: Student notification begins

June 5-30, 2021: Juniors work on completing the College Ready Milestones

Mid-July, 2021: Eligible students are matched with a College Coach

Visit Us

The ScholarMatch San Francisco College Center is a free resource open to the community. We offer workshops, one-on-one meetings by appointment, and drop-in hours for students and families to work on all things college admission. For questions, please reach out to


849 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

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