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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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