Your SAS Sponsorship Funds

Each SAS student is eligible to receive up to $6,000 to cover expenses that are directly related to college, but are not typically covered by financial aid. Such expenses may include costs associated with your text books, supplies, and transportation to and from school.

In order to receive your sponsorship funds, you must meet with an Office of College Retention and Success (OCRS) staff member during the winter and summer breaks. Students must bring the following documentation to their consultation meeting:

  • Previous semester grades
  • Upcoming semester course schedule
  • Upcoming semester financial aid award

Students are responsible for contacting the Philadelphia Futures office at 215.790.1666, Ext. 410 or 1.800.538.5316 to schedule an appointment.

For consultations during the winter break:

  • Call the OCRS office in early December to schedule your consultation appointment.
  • Sponsorship checks will be first available at the Annual SAS Conference in early January.

For consultations during the summer break:

  • Call the OCRS office in early June to schedule your consultation appointment.
  • Sponsorship checks will be first available at the College Kick-off in August.

Look for specific information about scheduling consultations and receiving sponsorship funds in the monthly In The Know email newsletter.

Scholarship Assistance

Identifying scholarship funds can be challenging, but there are opportunities for upper-class students.  Please consider the following when applying for scholarships:

  • Do I meet the application requirements?  Your GPA, number of credits earned, and the college where you are enrolled can each be restrictions on who can apply.
  • How likely am I to qualify for this scholarship and how much effort is required to apply?  Consider the amount of time and effort that you will put in to applying for a scholarship.  Be willing to invest more time in applying to scholarships that offer greater dollar amounts or that you are most likely to be awarded.

Find additional information about available scholarship funds at the following sites:

Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education

The Philadelphia Foundation

The Urban League of Philadelphia Scholarships

Urquhart Memorial Foundation Scholarship

Internships and Employment

Summer jobs and internships are an important step toward a successful career. In addition to providing income, these experiences allow you to explore a field that is of interest to you. If you have a successful experience in the summer, your employer can provide you with an enthusiastic reference that will be critical as you look for long-term employment.

Philadelphia Futures strongly encourages you to use the resources available on your campus to support your internship and job search. All students should:

  • Develop a relationship with the career development staff on your campus.
  • Complete an interest inventory, and explore major and career options using the resources available through your campus career development center.
  • Keep your resume up to date and have it proofread by a professional.
  • Be involved in organizations and activities that relate to your major and career interests to develop your professional skills.
  • Take advantage of workshops and events sponsored by your career development office, including mock interview opportunities and on campus recruiting opportunities such as job fairs.
  • Be familiar with your institution’s job posting process. Whether jobs are posted in a binder in the career office or an online system, employers are interested in hiring students from your college. Review these postings often and be proactive in your applications for summer internships and job opportunities.

The OCRS staff is available to help you identify opportunities, update your resume, and prepare for interviews. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 215.790.1666, Ext. 427 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 215.790.1666, Ext. 415, to discuss your career development plan.

Philadelphia Futures is eager to connect you with internship and job opportunities. In addition to using the career development resources on your campus, visit the following websites for information about available positions and for career resources:

The Emma Bowen Foundation

Urban League of Philadelphia Career Center

Service Corps Opportunities

Graduate and Professional Schools

Preparing for Graduate School

There are a number of programs available for students interested in pursuing graduate study. These programs help students explore fields of study, fund undergraduate research, and support student success.

Visit the following web sites to find out if these programs are active on your campus:

Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

Finding the Right Program

Finding the right graduate program for you is vital. Graduate education is a significant commitment of time, money and effort, and your graduate degree will dictate the direction of your career. The following websites can help you explore graduate education by degree type, location, type of institution, and more:

Gradschools.com

Princeton Review

Peterson’s

PhDs.org

Financing Graduate Education

Unlike undergraduate education, there is very little “free money” to help with most graduate and professional programs. Because a graduate degree increases your earning potential by making you a more specialized, marketable employee, most graduate students take on significant debt to finance their education. Following are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Taking a student loan is an investment in you. How much will a graduate degree raise your earning potential? Borrowing $40,000 to get an MBA is a better investment than borrowing the same amount to get a degree in education or social work.
  • You may be able to finance your room and board by taking a residential life position on campus. Being a resident assistant as an undergraduate student is great training for this work.
  • Consider getting a full-time job that will provide tuition remission, and enroll in classes part-time. This will enable you to get practical experience to supplement what you learn in the classroom.
  • There are some student loan forgiveness programs for teachers, nonprofit and government employees, and others. Learn more about Student Loans.
  • PhD study is often funded with research grant dollars. Most PhD students have their education fully funded: tuition, fees, and a living stipend. A PhD is an investment and commitment of time that is right for only a small fraction of students.

Sources for more information about financing graduate education include:

US News and World Report: Paying for Graduate School

Graduate Guide: Financing Graduate Study

Campus Resources

The Office of College Retention and Success encourages students to make use of the resources available on their campuses.

Building strong relationships with advisors, financial aid counselors, student life personnel, and faculty are critical to student success.  Students may use the links below to connect to useful support services:

Bloomsburg University

General Information

Academic Advising

Career Center

Financial Aid

ACT 101

Multicultural Office

Community College of Philadelphia

General Information  

Admissions Page

Academic Advising 

Career Services

Financial Aid

Learning Lab

Dickinson College

General Information

Academic Advising

Career Center 

Financial Aid

Multicultural Affairs

Drexel University

General Information

Academic Advising  

Financial Aid

Multicultural Office

 East Stroudsburg University

General Information

Academic Advising 

Academic Resources 

Student Affairs

Financial Aid 

Multicultural Office

Gettysburg College

General Information

Academic Advising

Career Center 

Financial Aid

Intercultural Resource Center

Hampton University

General Information

Academic Advising

Career Center

Financial Aid

Haverford College

General Information

Academic Advising

Career Center

Financial Aid

Multicultural Office

Indiana University of Pennsylvania

General Information

Academic Advising

Career Center

Financial Aid

ACT 101

Multicultural Office

Kutztown University

General Information

Academic Advising

Career Center

Financial Aid

Academic Enrichment

Multicultural Office

Millersville University

General Information

Academic Advising

Academic Support Programs  

Career Center  

Financial Aid

Multicultural office

Penn State University

General Information

Academic Advising

Financial Aid

Educational Equity Services

Career Center

Rosemont College:

General Information

Academic Advising

Career Center

Financial Aid

Shippensburg University

General Information

Academic Advising

Career Center

Financial Aid

Academic Success Program

Multicultural Office

Temple University

General Information

Academic Advising

Career Center

Financial Aid

Russell Conwell Center

Multicultural Office

West Chester University

General Information

Academic Advising

Career Center

Financial Aid

Academic Development Program

Career Center

Multicultural Office  

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