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 (OPEN January 1, 2021)

Philadelphia Futures: College Connection (OPEN January 1, 2021)


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.

Habla español? Sería un placer ayudarle y explicar mas sobre el proceso de aplicar en español. Póngase en contacto con nosotros.


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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 funding for approved enrichment programming and extracurricular activities for students attending public high schools and charter high schools.
Before submitting an online application for the 2021/2022 academic year, please review the grant eligibility requirements by visiting www.ellistrust.org and see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more information.

To complete the application the student applicant must:

  • Create an account or sign in to an existing account below to start the application.
  • Submit a personal statement and upload the documents requested in the application including your most recent official report card and current household income documents (e.g. federal income tax for tax year 2020, child support, public assistance, food stamps and Social Security benefits). 
  • Ensure at least one uploaded document lists the student applicant as a current dependent of the custodial parent/guardian.  
  • Cross out/remove/redact the Social Security Number if any uploaded documents include a SSN, as the Ellis Trust does not use this information.  
  • Hit the blue "Apply" button once the application is completed. All progress on applications will be saved in draft as you fill it out and you can return to your application at anytime.

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.
Habla español? Sería un placer ayudarle y explicar mas sobre el proceso de aplicar en español. Póngase en contacto con Hana Mura, la gerente del Ellis Trust por correo electronico: hanamura@philadelphiafutures.org o por teléfono: (215) 790 1666 ext. 442.

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 College Connection Program is a comprehensive, individualized, and rigorous college access program serving promising students in Philadelphia’s public, public charter, and parochial high schools beginning in their junior year. This two-year intensive program guides academically prepared students through the college application, admissions, and financial aid processes. As our students matriculate to college, they transition from our College Connection program to our College Success program, which works with them through college completion.

Student Eligibility

To be eligible for the College Connection program, a student must:

  • Live in Philadelphia and attend a Philadelphia Public, Public Charter, or Parochial high school.
  • Currently be in 11th grade. *due to a prolonged 2021 recruitment season*
  • 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.
  • Earn mostly A's and B's on your 9th and 10th grade report cards.
  • Meet family income guidelines. This is determined by the number of people who live in your household. We require that applicants submit proof of family income.

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

    2 ..................................................... $31,894
  • 3 ..................................................... $40,182
  • 4 ..................................................... $48,470
  • 5 ..................................................... $56,758
  • 6 ..................................................... $65,046
  • 7 ..................................................... $73,334
  • 8 ..................................................... $81,622
    *Add $8,288 for each additional person in a family with more than 8 members.  


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, writing responses, biographical information, information on extracurricular activities, family financial information, and an interview for finalists.


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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:

  • Student academic records (report card, transcript or student portal report) for 9th and 10th grade
  • Proof of household income (copy of family’s most recent federal IRS 1040 Tax Return and/or evidence of any family benefits

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 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 Philadelphia Futures Admissions at admissions@philadelphiafutures.org. Spanish translation is available.

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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