Fast Facts

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Philadelphia Futures has produced significant and measurable results that have made our approach a model for organizations nationwide. 

  • Philadelphia Futures was founded in 1989, and White-Williams Scholars was founded in 1800. The organizations merged in July 2011.
  • The Sponsor-A-Scholar direct service program was launched in 1989.
  • Annually, more than 500 low-income, first-generation-to-college high school and college students are served through Philadelphia Futures' Sponsor-A-Scholar and College Connection Programs.
  • Over the last 25 years, 98% of Sponsor-A-Scholar students have matriculated to college.
  • 100% of the High School Class of 2017 graduated from high school and was accepted to college.
  • The Class of 2013 has a four-year college graduation rate of 60% and a projected six-year graduation rate of 75%.
  • The projected college graduation rates for the Sponsor-A-Scholar High School Classes of 2009-2013 is 71%.
  • 83% of students who matriculated at a Philadelphia Futures partner college have graduated or are still enrolled in school working towards their degree.
  • Nearly 1,000 individuals have served as volunteer mentors in the Sponsor-A-Scholar Program.
  • In fall 2013, Philadelphia Futures launched its College Connection direct service program and Outreach Futures initiative.
  • White-Williams Scholars Incentive Awards, which include financial assistance, are granted to Sponsor-A-Scholar and College Connection students who exhibit academic excellence, commendable character and active engagement in their Philadelphia Futures programs.
  • Urban young men of color face overwhelming obstacles on their journey to college. In response to this national crisis, in 2006, Philadelphia Futures created the Young Men's Initiative, which provides young men with opportunities to be exposed to positive male role models and helps to foster positive personal and academic outcomes.
  • Annually, Philadelphia Futures publishes and distributes – at no cost to students and their families – more than 40,000 copies of the Step Up to College Guide, and also makes the Step Up to College Video Series and accompanying digital media resources available on and In 2016, the free Step Up to College mobile app was launched providing enriched, interactive access to the Guide. 
  • Each year, as the administrator of the Charles E. Ellis Trust for Girls, Philadelphia Futures awards more than $1 million in grants to young women residing in single-parent homes in Philadelphia for tuition assistance and to fund life-changing, academic enrichment programs.

The complete 2016-2017 Program Performance and Results from our most recent Annual Report can be downloaded here