DC TM 1: About Us
Created on Wed Dec 18 2019 20:47:16 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
Introduction to Organization and Programs
1 ·Welcome!2 · Mission & Vision3 ·Our Story & Core Values4 · Program Overview
5 · Our Students6 · General Policies 7 · Our team8 · Contact Us!
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At ScholarMatch, we believe that access to higher education changeslives. It transforms students, families, and communities, increasingopportunity and strengthening hope for a better future. But, in ourcountry, only 21% of low-income and first-generation college studentsgraduate in 6 years. We know that's not enough. At ScholarMatch, 83% of students in our most recent class of 2019 cohort graduated from college within 5 years.Our volunteers are a vital part of this journey – connecting students with resources and opportunities to increase their social capital and further their reach.Thank you for being part of this movement to transform the lives of our students!
With gratitude,Diana AdamsonExecutive Director
Mission & Vision
Our mission is to make collegepossible for underserved youthby matching students withdonors, resources, colleges andprofessional networks.
We envision a world where allstudents have access to highereducation and the opportunity tosucceed in a fulfilling career.
Our Story and Core Values
Our Core Values
ScholarMatch believes that culture is paramount.
We are committed to maintaining a vibrant, productive culture that fosters growth, support and excellence. Our core values guide culture and we strive to live into them each day.
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.
Founded in 2010 by authorDave Eggers, ScholarMatch began as a San Francisco-based crowdfunding platform for scholarships and quickly evolved into a college access and persistence organization delivering hands-on support for the students who need it most.In 2015, we launched the ScholarMatcher, a groundbreaking college-list building tool optimized for the needs of low-income students, and began to offer college advising services virtually to high school students outside of the Bay Area.
In 2016, we expanded our college services to serve students in Los Angeles and launched our first virtual advising program.Today, ScholarMatch is a nimble 32-person organization that engages 500 volunteers per year to serve over 2000 students nationwide at every point of the college journey.
Destination College is the name of our high school program, which you are on course to volunteer with!This program focuses in particular, but not exclusively, on first-generation (students from households where neither parent has earned a 4-year college degree in the US), low- to moderate-income first-time degree seekers enrolling in 4-year colleges and universities.
Over the 2020-2021 program year, we will support local students through our San Francisco and Los Angeles college centers, as well as students nationwide through virtual advising in partnership with CollegePoint.After you finish these slides, you'll learn more about the Destination College Program. For now, read on for a glance at our other programming, our general volunteer policies, and a quick inroduction to some of our staff members.
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 free and open suite of online tools and resources, including theScholarMatcher and College Ready Milestones.ScholarMatcher is a free college search tool designed to assist prospective college students from households earning less than $50,000 per year with their college search.
ScholarMatcher & Online Tools
In addition to Destination College, other components of ScholarMatch include:
Where Our Students Matriculate
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I have goals of not just working toprovide for my children in the future,but my grandchildren as well.I want generations after me to haveopportunities for education. Thankyou so much for all that you do tomake college possible for me. I carryyour generosity with me, always.
Definition of ‘Volunteer’A ‘volunteer’ is anyone who without compensation or expectation of compensationbeyond reimbursement performs a task at the direction of and on behalf of the agency.A ‘volunteer’ must be officially accepted and enrolled by ScholarMatch prior to performance of the task. Unless specifically stated, volunteersshallnotbeconsideredas ‘employees’of the ScholarMatch.
Service at the Discretion of the AgencyScholarMatch accepts the service of all volunteers with the understanding that suchservice is at the sole discretion of the organization. Volunteers agree that ScholarMatch may atany time, for whatever reason, decide to terminate the volunteer’s relationship with the organization.The volunteer may at any time, for whatever reason, decide to sever thevolunteer’srelationshipwith ScholarMatch. Notice of such a decision should be communicated assoon as possible to the Volunteer Coordinator.
Volunteer Rights and ResponsibilitiesVolunteers are viewed as a valuable resource to ScholarMatch, its staff, and its students.Volunteers shall be extended the right to be given meaningful assignments,the right tobe treated as equal co-workers, the right to fullinvolvement and participation, and the right to recognition for work done.In return, volunteers shall agree to actively perform their duties to the best of theirabilities and to remain loyal to the mission and procedures of ScholarMatch.
General Policies (Continued)
ConfidentialityVolunteers are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of all proprietary orprivileged information to which they are exposed while serving as a volunteer, whetherthis information involves a single staff, volunteer, students, or other person or involvesoverallScholarMatch business.Failure to maintain confidentiality may result in termination of the volunteer’srelationship with the agency or other corrective action.Volunteer personnel records shall be accorded the same confidentiality as staff personnel records.
As appropriate for the protection of our students, all volunteers will beasked to submit to a background criminal check.Volunteers who do not agree to thebackground check may be refused assignment.
Length of ServiceAll volunteer positions shall have a set term of duration,with an option for renewal at the discretionof both parties. All volunteer assignments shall end at the conclusion of their set term,without expectation or requirement of re-assignment of that position to the incumbent.Volunteers are neither expected nor required to accept further service in a position atthe end of their set term, although they are welcome to do so in most cases, but mayinstead seek a different volunteer assignment within the agency, or may retire fromvolunteer service.
Acceptance and AppointmentService as a volunteer with ScholarMatch shall begin with an official notice of acceptanceor appointment to a volunteer position. Notice may only be given by an authorizedrepresentative of the agency, who will normally be the Volunteer Coordinator.Novolunteer shall begin performance of any position until they have been officiallyaccepted for that position and have completed all necessary screening and paperwork.At the time of final acceptance, each volunteer shall complete all necessary enrollmentpaperwork and shall receive a copy of their job description and agreement of servicewith the agency.TrainingVolunteers will receive specific training to provide them with the informationand skills necessary to perform their volunteer assignment.
Meet the ScholarMatch Staff on theDestination College Team!
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