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College Prep/Scholarships


Helps with college preparation and awareness to students in low-income communities. Starts in 6th or 7th grade and goes through high school- 215-400-4130
Click here for brochure

Office of College Readiness

School District of Philadelphia’s Office provides resources and guidance to Philadelphia’s students to pursue their dreams. Provides resources on college preparation and career development- 440 N Broad St. Suite 212- call 215-400-4130. also free resource below

Stepping Stone Scholars

The Steppingstone Scholars Program prepares motivated city schoolchildren for acceptance and success at the top college preparatory schools in the Philadelphia area. Highly motivated students and parents must apply in the Fall of 4th grade. 4112 Station Street, Unit D.  Call 215-204-5130 for info.

Breakthrough Philadelphia

Breakthrough Philadelphia sets highly-motivated, underserved middle-school students on the path to and through college.  Students and parents/guardians apply to this 10-year program from Fall through Winter of 6th grade.  Programs and supports continue through high school and college.  Call (215) 261-6705 or go to website.

Young Scholars Program

The Young Scholars Program is a selective pre-college scholarship for high-performing 7th grade students with financial need. Call 703-723-8000 for info.

The Ellis Trust: Grants and Scholarships for High School Girls Residing in Philadelphia

The Ellis Trust provides financial assistance for school needs, extracurricular programs, summer camps and/or high school tuition for high-achieving girls in grades 9-12 who reside in Philadelphia. Eligible girls are from single parent families who meet federal reduced lunch income eligibility guidelines. Call 215-790-1666, ext 442 with questions.


TeenSHARP prepares talented Black, Latino, and low-income students for top colleges and community-centered leadership. Starts in 9th grade. Go to or email for info

Philadelphia Futures

Philadelphia Futures prepares students from low-income families to enter and succeed in college by providing mentoring, academic enrichment, college guidance and financial incentives. Also publishes Step Up to College, a guide to the college and financial aid application processes that is distributed to all high school students; the Guide also is available free of charge on request.- 230 S. Braod St, 7th Fl-215-790-1666

Step Up to College Guide

From Philadelphia Futures. All the info you need to prepare for, choose and pay for college. Click below for info

Children’s Scholarship Fund

The Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia provides educational alternatives to low-income Philadelphia families through needs based scholarships. Call (215) 670-8411 or go to website below for info. .

A Better Chance (ABC)

ABC’s mission is to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society.  We carry out our mission through our signature College Preparatory Schools Program (“CPSP”), which annually recruits, refers and supports about 500 A Better Chance Scholars at more than 300 of the nation’s leading boarding, day and public schools. Call (610) 992-0995 or go to website.

Upward Bound Programs

Various locations throughout the city for motivated lower income students to help them achieve their goals of college graduation. Various universities/colleges work with students at select high schools Click on the one that manages your high school. Must apply in 9th or early 10th grade and be the first generation to finish college.
University of Pennsylvania (Overbrook, Parkway West, Sayre, West Philly)
CCP Trio Upward Bound (Ben Franklin, Edison, South Philly, West Philly)
Temple University (all high schools)
Harcum College (Bartram  Motivation High School, Communications and Technology High School)
Gwynedd Mercy (Hallahan , Little Flower, Neumann/Goretti High School, West Catholic, Roman Catholic)


Questbridge helps connect the brighest low-income students to America’s best universities and opportunities. Check out their website for info.

Let’s Get Ready

Let’s Get Ready provides free SAT prep, admissions counseling, and post-enrollment mentoring to students from low-income backgrounds and who are first-generation-to-college. Their peer-driven program is administered by highly trained and highly effective college students who mentor younger students to and through college. Click here for info

Women in Transportation Scholarships

Specifically for high schoolers and college students interested in the  transportation industry (city planning, SEPTA, Amtrak and more). Click here for info or go to site w

College Scholarships in Philly

Click links below for more info:


Herb it Forward Schoarship

For graduating seniors or first year college students from lower income families. 30 scholarships a year to help defray costs. Click for info.

CORE Philadelphia Scholarships

Offers up to $2,000 for graduating high school seniors to help pay first year college expenses. Call 267-507-1690 or go to website to start application.

Scholly App

Designed to ease the scholarship search process, Scholly aims to fix the outdated search methods that require filling out long, tiresome forms and then fail to deliver relevant results.


Great website to prepare for college from middle school on.


Search for info on colleges, how to pay for college, and how to prepare. Go to website below.

Philly Goes to College

Great info on steps necessary to get into college from 9th grade to adulthood. Call 215.686.0315 for more info or go to site below.

Gateway to College

Gateway to College at Community College of Philadelphia is a scholarship program for School District of Philadelphia students, ages of 16-20, who have dropped out of school but have a desire to get back on track and earn a high school diploma and college credits. Call 215-751-8246 or go online for an application.

College Access Program (Philadelphia Education Fund)

The College Access Centers are free and open to the public. Services to adult and school-aged individuals are provided by trained staff members committed to helping make college a reality for anyone interested in higher education.
1709 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Suite 700 215-665-1400

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