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Getting Involved

The success of Philadelphia Futures’ students demonstrates what can be done with the commitment and generosity of the supporters and friends who share our belief in the power of education. We invite you to explore the many ways you can help our students take their place in the world.

Scholarship & Award Programs

Scholarship and Award Programs

Through our Outreach Futures initiative, Philadelphia Futures provides services to businesses, foundations and other organizations to help create and manage scholarship and award programs. We also offer consulting and support services in areas of Philadelphia Futures' expertise, including college guidance and college retention services. We are honored to work with the organizations and institutions in furthering their efforts to help students make a successful journey to college.

Organizations and institutions that we have partnered with include the Eagles Youth Partnership, the Charles E. Ellis Trust for Girls, School District of Philadelphia School Counselors United and Annenberg School and Scholarship Fund.

About Us

Philadelphia Futures

About Us

Philadelphia Futures is a nonprofit organization that provides Philadelphia's low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college. We transform lives by breaking down the barriers that have historically excluded low-income, first-generation-to-college students from achieving college success. The students Philadelphia Futures serves are provided with a comprehensive, time-tested array of programs designed to reduce the institutional, academic, social and financial barriers to college success.

Mission
Provide low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college.

Vision
Philadelphia Futures will transform lives by breaking down barriers that have historically excluded low-income, first-generation-to-college students from college success.

Guiding Principle
A college education is the portal to economic self-sufficiency and a satisfying life.

Through our two direct service programs, Sponsor-A-Scholar (SAS) and College Connection, we annually serve more than 500 high school and college students with academic enrichment services, personalized college guidance, placement and retention services and financial resources. Unique in their depth and duration, these intensive, individualized programs support students from high school through college completion. Our Sponsor-A-Scholar Program has served students for nearly 25 years and has produced extraordinary results: 98% of students have matriculated to college. The projected college graduation rate for recent Sponsor-A-Scholar classes is 74%.

Through our Outreach Futures initiative, including its centerpiece component the Step Up to College Guide, we offer college guidance resources to students, families, schools and community-based organizations in Philadelphia. We also serve as the administrator of the Charles E. Ellis Trust for Girls, which provides financial resources to Philadelphia girls living in low-income single-parent households.

Working with volunteer mentors, donors and school and college personnel in direct service to students, in partnership with educational institutions and in advocacy activities in the broader community, Philadelphia Futures increases the percentage of Philadelphia graduates prepared for higher education and reduces the institutional barriers to their academic success. Our model succeeds because it is built on a shared sense of responsibility for the future of Philadelphia.

We invite you to learn more about Philadelphia Futures and our programs, services and results by exploring this website and reading our Annual Report.