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CollegePoint Partners Win 2019 Khanfidence Builder Award

Monday, January 27, 2020  
Posted by: Lindsey Barclay, Member Services Manager
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CollegePoint partners College Advising Corps, College Possible, Matriculate, and ScholarMatch are the joint recipients of the 2019 Khanfidence Builder Award.

Through generous support by The College Board, the Khanfidence Builder Award celebrates a college access/success organization for integrating Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy and College Board Opportunity Scholarships into their program to enhance students’ readiness for the SAT and college. The College Board believes that by placing high-quality, free resources directly into the hands of those who work with students, we can help all students realize their potential.

This award recognizes an organization that effectively engaged students in completing six steps of the college planning process. On Jan. 8, Richard Green, senior director of the College Board Opportunity Scholarships, announced the awardees on NCAN's "Best Practices: Using College Board Opportunity Scholarships to Clear the Path to College" webinar.

Through collaboration with its four partners, CollegePoint provides free and personalized virtual advising to students who are high-achieving and from low-to-moderate income backgrounds. With guidance and support, students navigate the college application and financial aid process to gain admission to colleges that are strong academic matches. Through partnerships, CollegePoint has counseled nearly 50,000 students since launching in 2014.

College Advising Corps is based in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and leverages an in-school and virtual model to provide enrollment and completion guidance to high school students who are underrepresented in higher education.

College Possible’s national office is in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with additional locations in Chicago; Milwaukee; Omaha, Nebraska; Portland, Oregon; Philadelphia, and Seattle. College Possible intensively coaches and supports students from low-income backgrounds, facilitating college access and success.

Matriculate, based in New York, supports high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds in accessing selective colleges.

ScholarMatch provides multiyear online and in-person advising support to students who will be the first in their families to attend college in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

CollegePoint advisers used the Opportunity Scholarships to engage students in the college application and financial aid process. They aligned the Opportunity Scholarships timeline with the existing CollegePoint advising curriculum, seamlessly integrating it into student-facing interactions. Advisers discussed the Opportunity Scholarships with students as a way to earn awards for steps they were already completing. They used social media marketing campaigns, monthly newsletter features, and text blasts to disseminate information to students and encourage them to sign up and take action to be eligible for scholarship drawings.

College Advising Corps, College Possible, Matriculate, and ScholarMatch will share the $5,000 award.

Past Khanfidence Builder Award winners include: