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 (CLOSED)

Philadelphia Futures: Sponsor-A-Scholar (CLOSED)

Philadelphia Futures: College Connection (CLOSED)

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

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 funds for education-related expenses and academic and personal development programs for students attending traditional public and public charter high schools.
Before submitting an online application for the 2020/2021 academic year, please review the grant eligibility requirements by visiting
To complete the application you, the student applicant, will need to submit a personal statement and upload documents including your most recent official report card or current official transcript, and current household income documents (e.g. federal income tax for tax year 2019, 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 If you have any technical questions or need technical assistance in completing your online submission please reach out to
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.

This year, Philadelphia Futures will be launching its first-ever on-site campus in the Kensington section of the city. At the Kensington campus, students will receive guidance through the college application, admissions and financial aid processes. We will begin working with students in 11th grade and continue to support students through college completion. We seek to admit 30 new scholars for the campus. We are excited to review  your application and learn more about you through the application process!

To be eligible for the Kensington Campus, you must:

  • 1Be in the 1th grade.
  • Live in Philadelphia, PA.
  • Attend Kensington High School, Kensington High School for Creative and Performing Arts, and Kensington Health Science Academy.
  • 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. 
  • Demonstrate a solid academic performance.
  • Meet family income guidelines. The federal income guidelines for free or reduced lunch are listed below and provide a recommended income limit based on family size. Individual applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Number in Household ............ Annual Earned Income
2 ......... $34,480
3 ......... $43,440
4 ......... $52,400
5 ......... $61,360
6 ......... $70,320
7 ......... $79,280
8 ......... $88,240

To gain admission to the program, students must complete a comprehensive and holistic application process. 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
During this round, we capture biographical information about the applicant, such as demographic and contact information. 

Second Round: Submitting Additional Materials
During this round, applicants submit required admission documents, including:

  • 10th grade report cards/transcript/screenshot of Student Portal,
  • 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
  • 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 |
During the third and final round, applicants are required to complete an interview with a Philadelphia Futures staff member, volunteer, or alumni. We want to learn about students, their academic aspirations, and why they are a good fit for the campus.  

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.


If you have questions about the application process, please contact Philadelphia Futures Admissions at

If you have any technical questions or need technical assistance in completing your online submission, please reach out to

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