Common Application Collaborates with Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to Increase Access to Scholarship Funds

Jul 28, 2015

Common Application Collaborates with Michael & Susan Dell Foundation to Increase Access to Scholarship Funds

Collaboration will help students find scholarship matches more easily and facilitate the scholarship application process.

The Common Application today announced a pilot project that will give students better access to financial assistance when applying to college.  As part of a pilot program, students will receive information from the Scholar Snapp® solution, a Michael & Susan Dell Foundation developed technology, about scholarships that match their skills and strengths. Using the Scholar Snapp solution website, students will be able to complete and submit their unique profile data to multiple scholarship award programs.

Developed in 2008 by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the Scholar Snapp solution was created to ease and expedite the process of finding and applying for financial assistance for college bound low income students. It lets students apply for a scholarship online and then automatically re-use that information for other scholarship applications without retyping their data again and again.  "The Common Application is deeply committed to increasing college access and to us that means not only connecting our colleges and universities with the talented students across the country, but also finding ways to help students and families to finance education,” said Paul Mott, chief executive officer of The Common Application.  

Common Application students can opt in to participate. By doing so, eligible students will receive information directly from scholarship providers and can then seamlessly apply for scholarships by uploading a data packet that includes basic Common Application data. "With this pilot we will be able to determine if the integrated approach improves scholarship awareness and visibility, and increases the number of quality applicants for scholarship awards," added Mr. Mott. 

"Two of the biggest challenges low income students face when applying to college are a lack of time and money.  Solving these problems for them can change the trajectory of their lives,” said Mike Baur, program officer, US Education at the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. “By collaborating with The Common Application, we can reach more students to help with those critical needs.”

About The Common Application
The Common Application is a not-for-profit member organization of over 600 leading colleges and universities in the United States and around the world. Since 1975, The Common Application has been committed to the pursuit of access, equity, and integrity in the college admission process. Each year, more than 850,000 students use the Common Application online system to submit more than 3.5 million applications. To learn more, visit us at

About the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation
The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation is dedicated to improving the lives of children living in urban poverty around the world. With offices in Austin, TX , New Delhi, India, and Cape Town, South Africa, the Dell family foundation funds programs that foster high-quality public education and childhood health, and improve the economic stability of families living in poverty. The foundation has committed more than $1.2 billion to global children’s issues and community initiatives to date.