11/24/17 UPDATE: We're happy to say that we've had a few new counselors who have signed up to work with students and are accepting applications for a short period and taking on just a few more students! Note: We can place students on a first-come first-served basis, so please complete your application as soon as possible!
YOU'RE ALREADY ACCEPTED
In 2015, a student I'd never met before wrote me an email that read:
"I come from a single parent household, my father does not support us in any way at all and my mother has just recently been let go of due to financial struggles, but I would like to ask for your help. Please light a little match to guide me through this."
And, just like that, the Matchlighters Scholarship was born.
What is it?
THE MATCHLIGHTERS SCHOLARSHIP INCLUDES FOUR HOURS OF ONE-ON-ONE ESSAY HELP AND TWO HOURS OF COLLEGE LIST DEVELOPMENT FROM EXPERIENCED COUNSELORS... AT NO COST.
IT'S AWARDED TO 50 high-achieving, low-income students who, like the student above, haVE solid grades and test scores, but just need a little EXTRA help.
Scholarships are given on a first-come first-serve basis and right now there are 50 slots available. Those interested simply have to complete and submit the application below.
Name of the scholarship: Matchlighters Scholarship
Deadline date: Rolling until Dec. 1, or until we’ve paired all of our counselors with students (whichever comes first)!
Detailed description: The Matchlighters scholarship is awarded to high-achieving, low-income students who have solid grades and test scores, but just need a little extra help. Scholarships are given on a first-come first-serve basis to students from all circumstances, including undocumented, transfer, gap-year, international, etc. Those interested simply have to complete and submit the application below.
Value of the scholarship: The Matchlighters Scholarship comprises four hours of one-on-one essay help and two hours of college list development from professional counselors at no cost.
Number of scholarships available: As many as there are available counselors in a given application season. Based on current numbers, approx. 75 per year.
Minimum SAT/ACT and GPA: 3.0 unweighted GPA, or international equivalent
Residency Requirement(s): None
School Year: Senior in high school, gap-year student, transfer student, grad-school applicant
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How do I know if I qualify? Check out this table. You qualify if your income level is equal to or less than the number in the row for your household size.
Why did I start this program? Because I believe in equal opportunity and access.
Who conducts the four hours of one-on-one essay help and two hours of college list development? A small group of like-minded essay coaches and expert counselors.
Ready to apply? Click the "Apply Now" button below.
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