C2C Volunteer Orientation
Created on November 5, 2019
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Introduction to Organization and Programs
1 · Welcome!
5 · Our Students
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At ScholarMatch, we believe that access to higher education changes lives. It transforms students, families, and communities, increasing opportunity and strengthening hope for a better future. But, in our country, only 11% of low-income and first-generation college students graduate in 6 years. We know that's not enough. At ScholarMatch, 82% of our students graduate within 5 years.
Mission & Vision
Our mission is to make college
We envision a world where all
Our Story and Core Values
In 2016, we expanded our college services to serve students in Los Angeles and launched our first virtual advising program.
Our Core Values
ScholarMatch believes that culture is paramount.
Our purposeful pursuit of excellence drives us towards learning, listening, innovation, and working towards our highest potential individually and collectively.
We act with integrity, embodying honesty, ethical conduct, and moral courage— even when no one is around to see us do it. We stand up for what is right, speak truthfully, and strive to create a culture of trustworthiness and safety for everyone we meet.
Generosity of Spirit
We live with generosity of spirit. This expresses itself in a multitude of ways: we know that others may carry great unseen burdens and treat them with compassion, we feel and express deep gratitude for what we have, we give the benefit of the doubt, we empathize, pitch in, celebrate, and care.
Mycelium is small, but immensely powerful: responsible for connecting each tree in the forest to share nutrients and medicine, carry warnings and information, detoxify soil, and more. Like Mycelium, we work to ensure that all members of our ecosystem can thrive—embodying hope, adaptation, connection, and inquiry into what is best for the whole.
- Online tools
- College access services
- Targeted scholarships, and
- 1:1 student support
- Hands-on help applying to college
- Financial assistance to remove barriers to graduation
- A support system through college
- A unique, community-centered approach
Virtual College Advising
In partnership with CollegePoint, ScholarMatch provides individualized college admission counseling virtually to low-income, high-achieving students nationwide.
All students deserve a support system in college. 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.
Our suite of online tools, including ScholarMatcher, our list-building tool built in-house, support students in every step of the college application process.
ScholarMatcher& Online Tools
Where Our Students Matriculate
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Our volunteers are some of the most essential people in our students’ journey to college and we truly couldn’t do this without them. This year, 258 individual volunteers and 13 corporate and community groups gave more than 5,000 hours of their time to make college possible for our students. From all of us at ScholarMatch—thank you so much.
Volunteer Hours in 2018
First-generation College Students
A first-generation college student is defined as someone whose parents or legal guardians have not completed a bachelor's degree in the U.S. Due to the challenges and barriers they face starting from the application process, all the way through graduation, first-generation college students need support from the community to succeed.
According to multiple studies, first-generation college students:
- Pursue higher education to help their families
- Typically identify as a member of a racial or ethnic minority.
- Struggle academically-- often attaining lower grades.
- Lack financial resources to pay tuition, intern and volunteer for free, and at times, cover basic needs.
- View their status as a first-generation college student as a deficit.
- Work job(s) to support themselves and/or their families.
- Have a desire to give back to their communities
- Balance the tremendous hope and guilt of "leaving" their past life or family behind.
- Lack social capital (access to professional networks, community of support and resources, understanding of terminology in academic and professional settings, etc.)
Career Development Challenges First-Generation College Students Face
First-generation college students have to overcome many unconscious biases during the hiring process. The Institute of Higher Education Policy (IHEP) found that they are more likely to struggle with self-esteem issues. Nearly half of the first-generation student population identify as a person-of-color, and 20% of the students face a language barrier during the recruiting process as non-native English speakers.
Social capital is the value of a relationship that provides support and assistance in a given social situation (Stanton-Salazar, 2001). First-generation college students do not have a network of people they can turn to for information and opportunities that give them an advantage in building their career.
NCES found that 27% of first-generation college students come from families who earn a household income of $20,000 or less. Some students have to work to support their education and their families. For these students, it's challenging to participate in unpaid internships that build their resumes and prepare for full-time employment.
Access to Elite schools
According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 50% of students attend community college, and 7% attend private schools. Recruiters who recruit talent from elite colleges, do not get to interact with first-generation college students.
is driven by student needs, robust data collection, and cutting edge research. As a result, our students succeed at extraordinary rates. 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.
Median Family Income
Students of Color
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Definition of ‘Volunteer’
Service at the Discretion of the Agency
Volunteer Rights and Responsibilities
General Policies (Continued)
Length of Service
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