Supporting Underserved Student Populations
Created on Wed Jan 15 2020 00:24:41 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)
WHO WE DEFINE AS UNDERSERVED:
Students of Color
Each year many qualified students do not apply to a single college or university.
Many of our students are unaware of financial aid support and/or are not exposed to a network of individuals who have attended top colleges.
Our goal is to help all these student populations find the best college fit.
(Students whose parents did not attain a degree from a 4-year college or university in the U.S.)
Each year, over 50% of approximately 75,000 high-achieving, low- and moderate- income students nationwide do not apply to a single college or university that matches their qualifications (Hoxby & Turner, 2013). While not all our students may be in the high-achieving GPA range, with your help as a College Coach, our goal is to help students with any GPA consider all available opportunities based on their specific student academic profile.
Unfortunately, many of our students such as first-generation, students of color, and students from rural settings are unaware of financial aid support and/or don't have access to individuals with robust college knowledge to be able to make informed decisions about their college options. Many of the students we serve will self-select or default into colleges and universities without giving much thought to what might be a good fit in terms of their learning needs or other factors that would make their college experience much more enjoyable and successful.
With the help of College Coaches like you, our goal is to help all these student populations find the best college fit. For some students, this means considering state schools instead of community colleges and for others, aiming for selective private universities instead of local state colleges. Many selective and top universities that our underserved student populations may not know about have high rates of student enrollment after each term and higher graduation rates. This is one reason it is important for us here at ScholarMatch to inform and encourage students to also apply to “reach” schools.