The Cambridge Matching Foundation Grant Guidelines

In 2001, Cambridge President David P. Waldherr founded the Cambridge Foundation to assist schools, which, without such support, would be unable to provide college and career readiness programs to their students.  Since its inception, the Cambridge Foundation has assisted many of the under-funded and under-performing schools and programs nationwide by donating over $1.8 million in materials and services.

We believe that through our matching gift of materials (college entrance preparation, data-processing, and teacher curriculum) and with the hard work of staff and faculty at these schools, we have helped give students an opportunity to reach their full academic potential on college entrance exams.

It is our hope to expand this matching grant of ACT®, SAT®, PSAT/NMSQT®, Essential Skills, and/or Non-Negotiable Skills materials and services to your school to help more students enter the colleges of their choice and earn scholarships. We see this donation as an investment in your students’ futures, and we hope we can help you instill an effective and sustainable college readiness program.

Please see below for basic guidelines regarding the Cambridge Foundation Grant:

  1. Program implementation occurs at the beginning of the current fall or spring semester.
  2. Cambridge will provide a free, matching print or online textbook for each print or online student text purchased by a school. A school must purchase a minimum of 10 student print or online books.
  3. Cambridge will provide a free, matching pre or post-test data report purchased by a school. This is available for PSAT/NMSQT®, EXPLORE®, PLAN®, ACT®, or SAT® report purchased by a school.
  4. Cambridge will provide a free, matching teacher guide, for each teacher guide purchased by a school. A school must purchase a minimum of one teacher guide, print or online, per math and verbal teacher.
  5. A school may purchase professional development sessions or workshops.
  6. A school may purchase or lease off-record, retired ACT® and SAT® pre- and post-tests booklets from Cambridge. A school cannot purchase or lease off-record, retired PSAT/NMSQT®, EXPLORE®, or PLAN® test booklets from Cambridge.
  7. A school may receive a 50% credit on a Professional Development session or Workshop, excluding standard travel allowance.
  8. Schools will approve a commitment letter that matching program school recipient materials will not be thrown away at the end of the academic year as keeping the materials effectively doubles the number of students that can be served the following year.
  9. The cost of shipping materials and next-day airbills for assessment reports are to be paid by the recipient.  

Cambridge Foundation Awards are intended to help economically disadvantaged students.  These donations aim to achieve two goals: to create a college and career readiness program at schools that would otherwise not be able to afford such offerings, and to expand the reach of programs at schools which already have a Cambridge program.  Please note that Cambridge Foundation Awards are not granted to maintain pre-existing programs.

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