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, 2022)

Philadelphia Futures: Sponsor-A-Scholar (OPEN January 1, 2022)

Philadelphia Futures: College Connection (OPEN January 1, 2022)


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.

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Thank you for your interest in the College Connection Program! This comprehensive, individualized, and rigorous college access program serves promising students in Philadelphia’s public, charter, and parochial high schools beginning in their junior year and continues to support their progress until they have completed their undergraduate degree. 

Student Eligibility

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

  • Live in Philadelphia and attend a Philadelphia Public, Charter, or Parochial high school.
  • Be in the graduating class of 2024 (or currently in the 10th grade).
  • 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 strong academic interest either by strong/increasing grades on their transcript or evidence of a motivation to utilize supports for future academic success.
  • Meet family income guidelines. This is determined by the number of people who live in your household. We require that applicants submit proof of household income.  


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

  • 2 ..................................................... $34,840
  • 3 ..................................................... $43,920
  • 4 ..................................................... $53,000
  • 5 ..................................................... $62,080
  • 6 ..................................................... $71,160
  • 7 ..................................................... $80,240
  • 8 ..................................................... $89,320

*Add $9,080 for each additional person in a family with more than 8 members.


To gain admission to the program, students must complete the entire enrollment process including the application, interview, and orientation.


Determining Eligibility and Material Submission:   

In the application, we capture biographical information about the student, such as demographic and contact information as well as required admission documents, including:

  • School transcripts or report cards from the current and last academic year,
  • Proof of household income (copy of family’s most recent federal 1040 Tax Return and/or evidence of any family benefits),
  • Two writing response prompts (150-250 words)

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


Interview  

After reading the application, we are seeking to learn about students, their academic aspirations, and why they are a good fit for our program. If selected to proceed with the process, students are required to do an interview with a member of the Philadelphia Futures community. 


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


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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 tuition assistance for students attending independent high schools and parochial high schools.  Before submitting an online application for the 2022/2023 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 you, the student applicant, will need to submit a personal statement, upload your current official report card, and upload current household income/benefit documents (e.g. COMPASS (SNAP, TANF, LIHEAP, Medical Assistance), Social Security, federal tax, child support, UEC, etc.)

  • At least one document MUST list the student applicant as a current 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.

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.



 

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 new account (providing a valid email address and password) 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.

 

 


Thank you for your interest in the Sponsor-A-Scholar Program! This comprehensive, individualized, and rigorous college access program serves promising students in Philadelphia’s public high schools beginning in their freshman year and continues to support their progress until they have completed their undergraduate degree.

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

  • Be in the high school graduating class of 2026 (or currently in the 8th grade).
  • Live in Philadelphia and plan to attend a public high school.
  • Be a first-generation-to-college student. This means that you, the student, do 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 strong academic interest either by strong/increasing grades on your transcript or evidence of a motivation to utilize supports for future academic success.
  • Meet family income guidelines. This is determined by the number of people who live in your household. We require that applicants submit proof of household income.   


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

  • 2 ..................................................... $34,840
  • 3 ..................................................... $43,920
  • 4 ..................................................... $53,000
  • 5 ..................................................... $62,080
  • 6 ..................................................... $71,160
  • 7 ..................................................... $80,240
  • 8 ..................................................... $89,320 

*Add $9,080 for each additional person in a family with more than 8 members.


Determining Eligibility and Material Submission:   

In the application, we capture biographical information about the student, such as demographic and contact information as well as required admission documents, including:

  • School transcripts or report cards from the current and last academic year,
  • Proof of household income (copy of family’s most recent federal 1040 Tax Return and/or evidence of any family benefits),
  • Two writing response prompts (100-200 words)

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

Interview:

After reading the application, we are seeking to learn about students, their academic aspirations, and why they are a good fit for our program. If selected to proceed with the process, students are required to do an interview with a member of the Philadelphia Futures community.

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


NEED HELP?

Philadelphia Futures