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For Parents and Guardians

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Philadelphia Futures is proud to work closely with the parents and guardians of students in our College Connection Program as you help your child reach his or her full potential. Your active participation in College Connection is extremely important to your child's success.

The College Connection Program serves students who have a demonstrated academic foundation and attend Philadelphia's public, public charter and parochial high schools. College Connection begins working with students in 11th grade and guides them through the college application, admissions and financial aid processes and actively supports their progress through college completion.

You can learn more about the College Connection eligibility criteria, and help your child apply to the College Connection Program.

A Team Effort

When your child is a College Connection student, Philadelphia Futures is with you every step of the way to ensure that your child achieves his or her dream of a college education. Philadelphia Futures regularly informs parents and guardians about student progress in the College Connection Program. In addition, we encourage parents and guardians to contact your College Connection Coordinator whenever questions or concerns arise.

Parent Programming

Parents and guardians who are actively involved in College Connection often feel better equipped to support their child's journey to earning a college degree.

In addition to remaining in ongoing contact with their child's Coordinator, we encourage parents and guardians to participate in the activities we host throughout the year, which include our Parent Advisory Committee, Annual Conference, visits to college campuses and Parent Dinner. To learn more about our calendar of events, check the College Connection Spotlight newsletter, mailed monthly to your home.

Responsibilities

Parents and guardians of College Connection students agree to support the strong academic performance of their child, participate in College Connection activities and do all that is necessary for their child to successfully complete high school, gain admission to college and earn a college degree.

Communication

  • Discussing College Connection's schedule with their child so that family responsibilities do not conflict with school and College Connection activities
  • Staying in regular contact with their child's College Connection Coordinator
  • Reading the College Connection Spotlight newsletter to stay up-to-date on program events
  • Paying special attention to their son/daughter's class activities
  • Making sure that their child attends all College Connection scheduled activities
  • Staying informed of parent activities and program events

Participation

  • Attending the Philadelphia Futures' Annual Conference with his/her child
  • Participating in Philadelphia Futures' parent activities
  • Ensuring that their child attends school daily and on time
  • Attending individual conferences with his/her child and College Connection, as needed

Para Padres y Guardianes

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Padres de College Connection y Guardianes

Philadelphia Futures está orgulloso de trabajar en colaboración con los padres y guardianes de los estudiantes en nuestro programa, College Connection, y ayudar a su niño/a alcanzar su potencial. Su participación activa en la vida académica de su alumno es sumamente importante para el éxito de su hijo/a.

El programa de College Connection sirve a los alumnos que tienen una base académica demostrada y asisten secundarias pública, “charter”, y parroquiales de Filadelfia.  College Connection empieza a trabajar con los estudiantes de 11 º grado y los guiará a través de la aplicación para la universidad, y ayuda con el proceso financiero y apoya activamente su progreso hasta la graduación de la universidad.

Usted puede aprender más acerca de los criterios de elegibilidad de College Connection y ayudar a su niño/a aplicar para el programa de College Connection.

Un Esfuerzo de Equipo

Cuando su hijo/a participa en College Connection, Philadelphia Futures está con ustedes en todo momento (desde principio a fin) para asegurar que su hijo/a logre su sueño de una educación universitaria. Philadelphia Futures regularmente informa a padres y guardianes sobre el progreso estudiantil en el Programa de College Connection. Además, recomendamos a padres y guardianes que se pongan en contacto con su Coordinador de College Connection cuando surgen preguntas.

Programación Para los Padres

Los padres y guardianes que participan activamente en College Connection se sienten mejor equipados para apoyar a su hijo/a en el camino hacia un título universitario.  Además de permanecer en contacto continuo con el Coordinador de su hijo/a, animamos a los padres y guardians a participar en las actividades que organizamos durante todo el año, que incluyen nuestro Comité Asesor de Padres, una conferencia anual, visitas a los campus universitarios y una cena para padres. Para obtener más información acerca de nuestro calendario de eventos, consulte el boletín College Connection Spotlight, enviado mensualmente a su casa.

Responsabilidades

Los padres y guardianes de estudiantes de College Connection consienten apoyar el fuerte desempeño académico de su niño/a, participar en actividades de College Connection y hacer todo lo necesario para que su niño/a pueda completar con éxito la escuela secundaria, conseguir la admisión a la universidad y obtener un título universitario.

Comunicación:

  • Hablar sobre el horario de College Connection con sus hijos y asegurar que las responsabilidades familiares no entran en conflicto con la escuela o con las actividades de College Connection.
  • Permanecer en contacto regular con el Coordinador de College Connection.
  • Leyendo el boletín College Connection Spotlight para mantenerse al día sobre eventos del programa. Prestando atención a las actividades de la clase de su hijo/hija.
  • Asegurarse de que su hijo/a asista a todas las actividades de College Connection.
  • Mantenerse informado de las actividades y eventos para padres del programa.

Participación:

  • Asistir a la conferencia anual de Philadelphia Futures con su niño/a.
  • Participar en actividades para los  padres.
  • Asegurar que su niño/a asiste la escuela diariamente y a tiempo.
  • Asistir conferencias individuales con su hijo/a y College Connection, según sea necesario.

For Educators

College Connection Educators

A student's success in Philadelphia Futures' College Connection Program often begins with a teacher or guidance counselor who recognizes the student's potential for college success, and acts on it!

College Connection recruits students who have a demonstrated academic foundation and the goal of earning a college degree. Students are served from 11th grade through college completion. Through our College Connection Program we work with public, public charter and parochial high schools in Philadelphia, and are grateful for the support we receive from our partner teachers and guidance counselors who nominate high-achieving students for participation in the Program.

Download the College Connection Application

Student Eligibility

College Connection is a highly selective program. Students are eligible to apply to the College Connection Program if he or she:

  • Attends a Philadelphia public, public charter or parochial high school
  • Is the first generation in their family to go to college
  • Has strong records of attendance and positive behavior in school
  • Earned an 850 or higher combined Math and Critical Reading score on the PSAT/NMSQT, an 850 or better combined Math and Critical Reading score on the SAT, or an ACT Composite score of 19 or better
  • Has a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher and has taken rigorous academic courses in 9th and 10th grades
  • Meets Family Income Guidelines by qualifying for free or reduced lunch under the National School Lunch guidelines
  • Is focused, hard-working, open to feedback and willing to commit to a structured college preparation, application and long-term support program

Cooperation from parents and guardians also is required for students entering the Program.

Nominate a Student

Do you know a high school student whom you wish to nominate for the College Connection Program? Students must complete and submit the College Connection Application. If you or a student has application questions, please contact College Connection Admissions through email or by phone at 215.790.1666, Ext. 453. 

If you would prefer that we directly contact a potential student to introduce them to the SAS Program, please contact Davielle Keiser, Director, College Connection, through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 215.790.1666, Ext. 415 and provide the student's name, grade, school, contact information and the reason you believe they would be a strong candidate for the College Connection Program.

Schedule a College Connection Information Session at Your School

Philadelphia Futures staff members are available to come to your school and provide a College Connection information session to a group of students who you believe are strong candidates for the Program. To arrange for an information session, please contact Davielle Keiser, Director, College Connection, through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 215.790.1666, Ext. 415.

For Prospective College Connection Students

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Are you a student who strives to excel in high school?

Do you aim to attend college and obtain your degree?

College Connection is an intensive program that guides students who have a demonstrated academic foundation through the college application, admissions and financial aid processes and actively supports them through college completion. The goal of College Connection is to expand options and opportunities for college-bound students attending Philadelphia public, public charter and parochial high schools beginning in 11th grade.

College Connection students work closely with Philadelphia Futures to identify colleges and universities that best fit their academic, financial and social needs while supporting their admission to and success in these institutions. Students must be focused, hard-working, open to feedback and willing to commit to a structured college preparation, application and long-term support program.

The College Connection Program offers students:

  • Personalized college guidance and individualized staff support through students' junior and senior years of high school and throughout college
  • Weekly college-readiness programming: Junior year includes college awareness activities, campus visits, skill-building courses and SAT prep. Senior year includes classes on college admissions and financial aid processes and assistance with the transition to college.
  • Intensive summer experiences before students' junior and senior years
  • Educational resources, including individual tutoring and use of an onsite computer lab
  • Extracurricular activities: Speech & Drama Club, Book Club, Stock Market Club, Performing Arts Writing Club, Robotics Club, Young Women Rising and Young Men's Initiative. 
  • Eligibility for scholarships to Philadelphia Futures' partner colleges for students who work hard and excel.
  • White-Williams Scholars Incentive Awards for high school juniors and seniors who meet high academic standards.
  • $3,000 for college-related expenses. 

Support for College Connection students does not end with high school graduation. Philadelphia Futures is with students every step of the way throughout college. Our College Success services continue to provide individualized academic and personal support and assistance with preparing for graduate school and careers.

Eligibility

If achieving the dream of a college degree is your goal, College Connection will help you succeed. To be eligible to apply for the College Connection Program, students need to:

  • Live in Philadelphia and attend a Philadelphia public, public charter, or parochial high school. 
  • Be a first-generation-to-college student. This means neither logical parent graduated from an American college or university. 
  • Have good grades - potential College Connection scholars should have a GPA of 3.3 or higher. 
  • Meet family income guidelines. This is determined by the number of people who live in your household. Families must submit proof of income. 
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. 
  • Students who are non-U.S. citizens will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 

Student Application Process: Apply Today!

1. Obtain the College Connection application by doing one of the following:

2. Complete the application with your parent or guardian.

3. Submit the completed application by doing one of the following:

  • Mailing the form to:

Crystal Crawford, Recruitment and Programs Specialist 
Philadelphia Futures
230 South Broad Street, 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102

  • Scanning and emailing the form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4. Once your application is received, College Connection staff will review the materials to determine eligibility. If eligible, students and their parent/guardian will be invited to the Philadelphia Futures office for an in-person interview.

To request an application by mail, or if you have questions, contact Crystal Crawford by mail or telephone at 215.790.1666, Ext. 425.

SAS College Programs and Services

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The Office of College Retention and Success (OCRS) provides programs and services to meet Sponsor-A-Scholar (SAS) students’ academic, social, and financial needs once they enroll in college. Proactive counseling and a flexible array of services assist students as they explore new opportunities and overcome potential barriers to their academic success. Support for collegians begins in the summer following high school graduation, and continues throughout their college careers. Program components include: