Thank you for your interest in Philadelphia Futures and The Ellis Trust for Girls. Our grant and program applications are open and available during the following periods:


Ellis Trust: Enrichment Grant for Public & Charter High School Students  (OPEN year-round)

Ellis Trust: Tuition Assistance Grant for Parochial & Independent High School Students (OPEN January 1, 2020 - March 15, 2020)

Philadelphia Futures: Sponsor-A-Scholar (OPEN January 1, 2020 - March 1, 2020)

Philadelphia Futures: College Connection (OPEN January 1, 2020 - March 1, 2020)


Have any questions?


If you have questions about the application process for any of the programs mentioned above, please visit the respective program application page for specific contact information.

If you have any technical questions or need technical assistance in completing your online submission, please reach out to support@submittable.com.

The Ellis Trust for Girls helps young women of limited financial means enhance their high school experience and prepare for post-secondary success. Each year we award grants to eligible young women, residing in Philadelphia, to support their education and life goals by providing funds for education-related expenses and academic and personal development programs for students attending public and charter high schools.    

Before submitting an online application, please review the grant eligibility requirements by visiting www.ellistrust.org.

To complete the application you, the student applicant, will need to submit a personal statement and upload documents including your current report card, a signature page, and current household income documents (e.g. federal tax, child support, public assistance, food stamps and Social Security benefits). If any documents include a Social Security Number (SSN) please cross out/remove/redact the SSN, as the Ellis Trust does not use this information.  As you work on your online grant application, the auto-save feature will save your application in draft form so that you can return to it after you have gathered the required documents for uploading. 

NEED HELP?  If you have questions about the application process please call The Ellis Trust at (215) 790-1666 ext. 442 or ext. 427, or email us at ellistrust@philadelphiafutures.org. If you have any technical questions or need technical assistance in completing your online submission please reach out to support@submittable.com.

NOTE: The student email you use to register your Ellis Trust Submittable account is the email address we will use to communicate with you about your grant application.  Therefore student applicants, please double check spelling to ensure you receive all Ellis Trust correspondence. 

 

Please review this information BEFORE you start the application below:  

The Ellis Trust for Girls helps young women of limited financial means enhance their high school experience and prepare for post-secondary success.  Each year, we award grants to eligible young women to support their education and life goals by providing tuition assistance for students attending independent high schools and parochial high schools.  

Before submitting an online application, please review the grant eligibility requirements by visiting www.ellistrust.org.
To complete the application you, the student applicant, will need to submit a personal statement and upload documents including your current official report card or official transcript, and current household income documents (e.g. federal income tax, child support, public assistance, food stamps and Social Security benefits). At least one document must list the student applicant as a dependent of the custodial parent/guardian.  If any documents include a Social Security Number (SSN) please cross out/remove/redact the SSN, as the Ellis Trust does not use this information.  As you work on your online grant application, the auto-save feature will save your application in draft form so that you can return to it after you have gathered the required documents for uploading.
NEED HELP?  If you have questions about the application process please call The Ellis Trust at (215) 790-1666 ext. 442 or ext. 427, or email us at ellistrust@philadelphiafutures.org. If you have any technical questions or need technical assistance in completing your online submission please reach out to support@submittable.com.
NOTE: The student email you use to register your Ellis Trust Submittable account is the email address we will use to communicate with you about your grant application.  Therefore student applicants, please double check spelling to ensure you receive all Ellis Trust correspondence.
 

 

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The Sponsor-A-Scholar (SAS) Program provides highly motivated Philadelphia public high school students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary to succeed in high school, be admitted to college and earn their degrees. We begin working with students in 9th grade and continue to support students through college completion. Each year, we seek to admit 50 new scholars into the Sponsor-A-Scholar program.

To be eligible for the Sponsor-A-Scholar program, you must:

  • Be in the 8th grade.
  • Live in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Plan to attend a public high school in the School District of Philadelphia.
  • Be a first-generation-to-college student. This means that the student does NOT live with a parent(s)/guardian(s) that has graduated from a college or university in the United States with a bachelor's degree.
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Meet family income guidelines. In our commitment to serve low-income students, we reference the standards set by the federal government for free or reduced lunch. The federal guidelines provide a recommended income limit based on family size. The income guidelines are listed below and individual applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.


Number in Household ............ Annual Earned Income

2 ......... $33,820 

3 ......... $42,660 

4 ......... $51,500 

5 ......... $60,340 

6 ......... $69,180

7 ......... $78,020

8 ......... $86,860


To gain admission to the Sponsor-A-Scholar program, students must complete a competitive application process. The application review process for Sponsor-A-Scholar applicants is holistic. This means that we will carefully consider all parts of your application before making an admission decision. 

The three-round process requires academic information and test scores, writing responses, biographical information, information on extracurricular activities, family financial information, and a family interview for finalists.


First Round: Determining Eligibility | Due March 1, 2020

During this round, we capture biographical information about the applicant, such as demographic, contact, and household information. 

Second Round: Submitting Additional Materials | Due April 3, 2020

If selected to proceed to the second round of review, applicants will receive an email directing them to an application where they must submit required admission documents, including:

  • Most recent school transcript or report card,
  • One recommendation letter from a teacher in a major subject area (i.e. English, social studies, math, science, or foreign language),
  • Proof of household income (copy of family’s most recent federal 1040 Tax Return and evidence of any family benefits),
  • Citizenship documents (copy of the applicant’s social security card or permanent resident card), if applicable,
  • PSSA or Terra Nova Test Scores, and
  • Three writing response prompts (200 words or less)

Please be sure to have a parent/guardian present as you will need their help to complete this application. 

Final Round: Family Interview | May 16, 2020

During the third and final round, applicants and at least one parent or guardian are required to do an interview with a Philadelphia Futures staff member, volunteer or alumnus. We are seeking to learn about students, their academic aspirations, and why they are a good fit for our program. 


IMPORTANT NOTE: The email you use to register your Submittable account is the email address we will use to communicate with you.  Please double check spelling to ensure you receive all Philadelphia Futures correspondence.

NEED HELP?

  • If you have questions about the application process, please contact Outreach and Engagement Administrator, Michael Deleon at (215) 790-1666 ext. 425, or email him at michaeldeleon@philadelphiafutures.org.
  • If you have any technical questions or need technical assistance in completing your online submission, please reach out to support@submittable.com.



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The College Connection Program at Philadelphia Futures guides students who have a demonstrated academic foundation through the college application, admissions and financial aid processes and actively supports their progress through college completion. We begin working with students in 11th grade and continue to support students through college completion. Each year, we seek to admit 55 new scholars into the College Connection program. We are excited to learn more about you through the application process and look forward to supporting you on your journey to college success.  

To be eligible for the College Connection program, you must:

  • Be in the 10th grade.
  • Live in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Attend a public, public charter, or parochial high school in the School District of Philadelphia.
  • Be a first-generation-to-college student. This means that the student does NOT live with a parent(s)/guardian(s) that has graduated from a college or university in the United States with a bachelor's degree. 
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Meet family income guidelines. In our commitment to serve low-income students, we reference the standards set by the federal government for free or reduced lunch. The federal guidelines provide a recommended income limit based on family size. The income guidelines are listed below and individual applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.


Number in Household ............ Annual Earned Income

2 ......... $33,820 

3 ......... $42,660 

4 ......... $51,500 

5 ......... $60,340 

6 ......... $69,180

7 ......... $78,020

8 ......... $86,860


To gain admission to the College Connection program, students must complete a competitive application process. The application review process for College Connection applicants is holistic. This means that we will carefully consider all parts of your application before making an admission decision. 

The three-round process requires academic information and test scores, writing responses, biographical information, information on extracurricular activities, family financial information, and a family interview for finalists.


First Round: Determining Eligibility | Due March 1, 2020

During this round, we capture biographical information about the applicant, such as demographic and contact information. 

Second Round: Submitting Additional Materials | Due March 20, 2020

During this round, applicants submit required admission documents, including:

  • High school transcript,
  • One recommendation letter from a teacher in a core subject area (i.e. English, history, math, science, or foreign language),
  • Proof of household income (copy of family’s most recent federal IRS 1040 Tax Return and evidence of any family benefits),
  • Citizenship documents (copy of the applicant’s social security card or permanent resident card), if applicable,
  • PSAT Scores, and
  • Three writing responses (250 words or less)

You will need a parent/guardian to help you complete the second round application.

Final Round: Interview and Skill Review | April - May 2020

During the third and final round, applicants are required to  complete an interview with a Philadelphia Futures staff member, volunteer or alumni. We are seeking to learn about students, their academic aspirations, and why they are a good fit for our program.  

IMPORTANT NOTE: The email you use to register your Submittable account is the email address we will use to communicate with you.  Please double check spelling to ensure you receive all Philadelphia Futures correspondence.

NEED HELP?
 

  • If you have questions about the application process, please contact Outreach and Engagement Administrator, Michael Deleon at (215) 790-1666 ext. 425, or email him at michaeldeleon@philadelphiafutures.org.
  • If you have any technical questions or need technical assistance in completing your online submission, please reach out to support@submittable.com.
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