Founded in 2003, College Match has helped hundreds of low-income students in Los Angeles get into and graduate from the nation's top colleges.
Here are just a few of the student and volunteer stories.
Rosa ignored when people said you won't be able to be a doctor and instead made it happen. After Yale, Tufts and medical school: "Now I get to call myself Dr. Rosa Avila."Read Full Story
"College Match enabled me to become a strong candidate during the application process. It also gave me the opportunity to visit various prestigious colleges on the East Coast."
"As I reflect upon my journey to college, I realize that I owe so much to College Match and that I am tremendously thankful for the many wonderful individuals behind this program who invested their time and efforts in me and other kids because they believed in us. They helped broaden my view of the world and of the educational possibilities that were within my reach. From SAT prep classes and individualized guidance writing personal statements to providing a free college tour trip and a group of support, this program has it all. Before being a part of this program, I had never considered leaving Los Angeles and attending an out of state school. That dream seemed impossible. Without College Match, I can say with 100% certainty that I would not be attending Franklin & Marshall College in Pennsylvania and be at where I am today."
Growing up, Antonio saw injustice in his community and the legal system. Today, he wants every community to have a voice when decisions are made that will affect them.Read Full Story
"College Match expanded my world by encouraging me to take a chance on new places and showing me the power of networking to improve my future."
"College Match allowed me to expand my options during my college search and find a school that was a great fit for me. I was given the opportunity to visit various institutions, get help with the college application process, and engage in a network of alumni. College Match also helped provide me with funding when I couldn't afford to pay for college. I am a first-generation student and College Match has been my guide and greatest help when pursuing higher education."
"College Match was a huge stepping stone that led me to where I am today. If it weren't for College Match, I would not have known about colleges on the east coast or that I would have a chance of getting accepted to them. College Match led me to Dartmouth, which then led me to research opportunities, which then led me to an amazing career in cancer therapy. I am deeply grateful for College Match."
"College Match gave me the help, guidance, and resources I needed during the college process as a first generation student. Most importantly, College Match instilled in me that I am capable of going to a private institution out of state. I have parents and older siblings who unfortunately did not have the educational opportunities that I currently have. I can honestly say that this program saved me and my family, and gave us all a new feeling of hope. I can never thank this program enough for all they have done for us."
"College Match has helped introduce me to multiple educational and social environments across the east coast."
Joshua is pursuing an MBA to help tech companies better engage under-served communities. He credits College Match as major advocates, and his parents for their hard work and grit.Read Full Story
"The opportunity to study is a great privilege. Make a goal for yourself to make a positive impact in the world, and keep working until you reach that goal. Si se puede!"
"College Match provided me with one-on-one assistance throughout the college application process. I am still in touch with my application adviser and appreciate the support she has provided while I navigate college."
"You are who you choose to be" (Iron Giant, 1999) College Match guided me through my journey of self-discovery and helped me find the school for me. The staff gave their best effort to give us the necessary materials and skills in order to prepare us for what is ahead as we start to make our dreams come true. I am grateful to have been and still be part of this group because it reminds me of the other hundreds before me and future generations who are in the process of achieving their aspirations."
"College Match helped me find the right school for me."