What are Matching Partners?

Matching Partners are Collegiate Partners that make further commitments to undergraduate students who have unmet need by agreeing to match scholarship awards coming to their campuses from Dollars for Scholars chapters and/or Scholarship America-related programs. (Some Matching Partners, at their option, provide matching awards even when the student's need is fully met). These matching funds do not replace previously awarded institutional grants.

Matching Partner institutions make the following commitments:

  • To match scholarship awards coming to their campus from Dollars for Scholars chapters and/or Scholarship America-related programs with the maximum amount matched per student for each academic year set by the Matching Partner.
     
  • To agree that matching funds will not replace previously awarded institutional grants.
     
  • To match Dollars for Scholars and/or Scholarship America-related scholarships one year beyond the Collegiate Partners Agreement.

Matching award policies vary among colleges in the amount of the match per award and the total dollars budgeted each year. In some cases, the matching funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Some participating schools require the student to demonstrate financial need or meet other qualifications to be eligible for the match. Other Collegiate Partners may be interested in becoming Matching Partners but are restricted by their school's policy for the handling of outside aid.In some cases, Collegiate Partners may already be meeting student need levels by 95 to 100 percent.