Matchlighters Scholarship Application - 2018
The Matchlighters Scholarship comprises two hours of college list development and four hours of one-on-one essay help from experienced counselors — at no cost.

It’s awarded to high-achieving, low-income students who have solid grades, but just need a little extra help.

You can apply if:

1. You're trying to get into college or grad school. You're a second-semester junior in high school, a senior in high school, a transfer student, a gap-year student, etc. You can be a domestic applicant, undocumented or international; perhaps you’d like to apply to art schools, or represent your future campus as a student-athlete — no matter your story, we’ve got a counselor for you. And,
2. You've earned a 3.0 unweighted GPA (or international equivalent). You’ll submit your high school transcripts as part of the application. And,
3. Your family income qualifies you for one of the following: free/reduced-price lunch, SAT/ACT fee waivers, enrollment in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families, etc. Check this table to find out:

Application Deadline is December 1st, 2018 (12/1/18).

Before you begin, hop into a comfy chair and grab the following items:
1. Proof of financial need
2. Copy of high school transcript
3. Standardized tests scores (PSAT, ACT, SAT, IB, AP, TOEFL, etc. (if you've taken any))

If you've any queries before you begin, pop over to the FAQs on the website (, or email Alexis at Once you've completed this form, you'll receive an email with instructions about what's next.

In the meantime, happy submitting!

NOTE: You won't be able to save your responses, so make sure you can complete this form in one setting (approx. 20-30 minutes).

Student profile
First Name: *
Middle Name:
Last Name: *
Date of birth: *
City: *
State (if inside U.S.):
Zip code:
Country/Territory: *
Is English your native language? *
Which languages do you speak besides English, if any?
Gender: *
Sexual Identity: *
Preferred gender pronouns: *
Race or ethnicity: (Mark all that apply.) *
Do you have any special circumstances that you'd like to share with us? Please mark all that apply. *
Do you have an IEP/504? If so, please explain. *
Contact information
School email: *
Personal email: *
Which email do you prefer we use to contact you? *
Cell phone:
Academic record
High school: *
(For transfers/grad applicants only) College:
Unweighted GPA: *
Note: We understand that different schools/countries have different GPA scales. That's no problem - just enter the GPA listed on your transcript and we will take care of the rest."
High school transcripts: *
Please scan and upload a clear copy of your high school transcript(s). Please make sure that the copy is legible, and that any private information (i.e. social security numbers) is covered up.
Which of the following standardized exams have you taken? *
Please list your test scores and test dates for the exams you selected above. *
Financial need
We want to make sure that we’re sharing our time with students who need it the most, so please scan or take a photo of any documents that prove ONE of the following below criteria:


1. Received or are eligible to receive an ACT or SAT testing fee waiver.
2. Enrollment in or eligibility to participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Annual family income within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
3. Enrollment in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g. Federally funded programs such as TRIO (Upward Bound, Talent Search, etc.) and GEAR UP.
4. Family receives public assistance.Live in federally subsidized public housing, or a foster home, or are homeless.
5. A ward of the state or an orphan.
6. Other documents: If you have other forms of proof that you would like to submit, simply include those here as well.


1. A scanned copy of your family's most recent national tax form.
2. A statement from the parents' employers providing the parents' annual salary.
3. An account detailing any financial hardships that might affect the family's ability to pay for college help.
4. Other documents: If you have other forms of proof that you would like to submit, simply include those here as well.


Please make sure that the document is legible. Also, please make sure to erase any social security numbers or other sensitive information that may be on these documents.

Your proof of financial need will NOT be shared with your counselor.

Proof of financial need: *
What is your approximate household income? (How much money does everyone in your household make together?) *
What is your house-hold size? (How many people live off the household income above? Include your guardians and yourself.) *
When would you like to be matched? *
College preferences
Feel free to list!
Which majors/minors do you see yourself studying? *
Which pre-professional track, if any, do you see yourself pursuing?
What type of career do you imagine yourself choosing? What's the dream? *
What type of college do you see yourself loving? (Large, state school; private, liberal arts university; research school; conservative/liberal; religiously affiliated; etc.) *
In which region(s) of the U.S. do you see yourself studying? *
Which colleges have so far caught your eye? *
Which deadline(s) do you intend to pursue? *
Who will you be working with on your applications/essays outside of your Matchlighters counselor? (Any other college counselors/teachers/essay coaches? If no one, let us know.) *
Closing questions
How did you hear about the Matchlighters Scholarship? *
Release of Liability: *
Application Certification: *
Final submission
Once you've reviewed your work and everything looks good, go ahead and submit! You'll receive an email with next steps. We're looking forward to partnering with you!
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