Available Scholarships

More than 50 scholarships are awarded annually by The Philadelphia Foundation from scholarship funds we manage.

Consult the searchable directory below to discover what each scholarship funds, its requirements, application materials needed and deadlines.

Important Note: Each scholarship has individual criteria, deadline and requirements. Before applying, carefully review the information provided to make sure the scholarship is an appropriate one for you.

The first time you select "Apply online" you will be asked to create a free account that you can use to apply for all of our scholarships.

List of National Scholarships

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Scholarship Name Open To Major Required Other Requirements Application Materials Needed Amount and Number of Awards Deadline* / Application Link
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority- Delta Iota Chapter 50th Anniversary Scholarship 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year college students. Any
  • Must be enrolled at Cheyney University.
  • Must be going into their 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year.
  • Must demonstrate financial need.
  • Minimum 2.7 GPA.
  • Leadership Experience.
  • Transcript
  • Most recent school bill
  • Resume of Leadership Experience
  • Essay
  • Recommendation.
Three (3) $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to a 2nd-year, 3rd-year, and 4th-year student. Deadline: July 6, 2015
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Alpha Phi Alpha Scholarships High School seniors, Undergraduate college students Any
  • Evidence of Leadership potential.
  • Extracurricular Activities.
  • Transcript
  • College/University's Cost of Attendance
  • Essays
  • Recommendation letters
  • Letter from your sponsor
  • Copy of your financial aid award letter
  • A recent photo.
Two $2,000 one-time scholarships. Deadline EXTENDED: March 31, 2017
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 Joseph E. Coleman, Esq. and Jessie L. Coleman Scholarship Fund  Graduating High School Seniors and College Students  Any
  •  Financial need
  • Must be a Pennsylvania Resident
  • 2.5 GPA or higher
  •  Transcript
  • Acceptance letter from college or university you plan to attend
  • Copy of your FAFSA report
  • College/University's Cost of Attendance
  • Two short essays
  • Recommendation Letter
  • Copy of your financial aid award letter
  •  Two $5,000 one-year scholarships.
  • One to a student attending or planning to attend Albright College in Reading, Pa.
  • One to a student attending any other accredited college or university in the U.S.
 Deadline: March 12,2017
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Alumni Association of the School of Nursing of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Nursing School Scholarship High School Seniors, Undergraduate College students Nursing Order of priority:
  • A relative of a graduate of the school of Nursing of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
  • A candidate proposed by a graduate.
  • A candidate who is a resident of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery or Philadelphia county in Pennsylvania; Burlington, Camden or Gloucester county in New Jersey or New Castle county in Delaware.
  • Transcript
  • College/University's Cost of Attendance
  • Two essays 
  • Recommendation letter
  • Letter from your sponsor
  • Copy of your financial aid award letter.
Multiple one-time scholarships are provided ranging from $500-$1,000. Deadline: June 1, 2017
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Richard A. Ash Scholarship High School Seniors, Undergraduate College students Any
  • Financial Need
  • Must be a Philadelphia Resident.
  • Transcript
  • Acceptance letter from the college/university you plan to attend
  • Copy of your FAFSA report
  • College/University's Cost of Attendance
  • Two Short essays
  • Recommendation letter
  • Copy of your financial aid award letter.
10-20 Renewable scholarships will be awarded starting from $1,000 up to 90% of educational cost. Deadline: April 7, 2017.
Apply online.
Bryn Mawr Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association Nursing Scholarship High School Seniors, Undergraduate College students Nursing In order of priority:
  • A relative of a graduate of the Bryn Mawr Hospital school of Nursing
  • A candidate proposed by a graduate.
  • A candidate who is a resident of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery or Philadelphia county in Pennsylvania; Burlington, Camden or Gloucester county in New Jersey or New Castle county in Delaware.
  • Transcript
  • College/University's Cost of Attendance
  • Essay
  • Two Recommendation letters
  • Letter from your sponsor
  • Copy of your financial aid award letter.
Two $1,000 one-time scholarships will be awarded. Deadline: April 17, 2017

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Crouthamel Family Nursing Scholarship High School Seniors, Undergraduate College students Nursing
  • Preference be given to the child, grandchild, niece, nephew or sibling of a nurse.
  • Financial need.
  • Good grades.
  • Transcript
  • College/University's Cost of Attendance,
  • Essays
  • Recommendation letter
  • Letter from your sponsor
  • Copy of your financial aid award letter.
One $500 one-time scholarship will be awarded. Deadline: April 17, 2017.
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Feinstein Fund for Philadelphia Scholars High School Seniors Any
  • Must be a Philadelphia resident.
  • Must demonstrate financial need (as determined by the FAFSA).
  • A GPA of 3.25 or greater.
  • A good school attendance record – 80% or greater.
  • Demonstrated activity outside of education – can be extracurricular, work or volunteer.
  • Transcript
  • Acceptance letter from the college/university you plan to attend
  • Copy of your FAFSA report
  • College/University's Cost of Attendance
  • Two Short essays
  • Recommendation letter
  • Copy of your financial aid award letter.
One $10,000 scholarship ($2,500 per year for 4 years). Deadline: April 5, 2017
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GSK Opportunity Scholarship High School Seniors, Undergraduate College students Any
  • Must be Philadelphia county resident.
  • Must demonstrate a potential to succeed despite adversity.
  • Must be attend one of the academic institutions listed on the application.
  • Essay
  • Recommendation letter
  • Transcripts
  • Acceptance letter from the college/ university you plan to attend
  • Financial Aid award letter
  • College/University's Cost of Attendance.
Four renewable scholarships will be awarded up to $5,000 per year. Deadline: March 28, 2017
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Herb It Forward Scholarship
  • Individuals 17-25 years of age
  • Applicants must be American citizens applying to programs in the U.S.
  • Open to all those who are graduating in 2017 or who have previously graduated high school, received their GED or have been homeschooled.  Please note the scholarship isn't applicable for graduate school students.
  • Previous winners of the Herb It Forward scholarship cannot apply
  • Only fully completed applications, which include a transcript, GED or State Certification will be considered
  • Students who demonstrate a strong financial need - more specifically, students from households qualifying for the reduced lunch program.
Any
  • Must be a future leader who wants to "Pay It Forward"
  • Transcript
  • Proof of family income
  • Essays and leadership experience
  • Ten individuals will receive a scholarship of $5,000 each
  • Fifteen individuals will receive a scholarship of $2,500 each
  • Twenty individuals will receive a scholarship of $1,000 each
Deadline: 
Jan. 15, 2017

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Hussain Scholarship Fund College Students Any
  • Must be High-reaching and underprivileged student who demonstrates the potential to succeed despite adversity
  • Must be a student of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Countries descent, which includes Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.
  • Must be enrolled in a college or university in the Philadelphia region.
  • Must have at least a 3.0 G.P.A.
  • College Transcript
  • Essay
  • Recommendation letter.
One $1,000 one-time scholarship. Deadline: April 5, 2017
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Mervyn Sluizer, Jr. Scholarship High School Students Any
  • Have been active in the Boy Scouts of America for at least 5 years, and must be currently active at the time of application.
  • Have attained the rank of Eagle.
  • Have demonstrated responsible leadership as a Scout for a period of at least one year.
  • Exemplify the ideals of Scouting in his life and by his activities. (Please have this point elaborated on in your letters of recommendation.)
  • Be at least in his last year of high school at the time of application.
  • Reside in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania or Burlington, Camden and Gloucester Counties in New Jersey
  • Two Recommendation Letters - one from your current Unit leader and one from a non-relative
  • Transcript
Two $1,000 one-time scholarships will be awarded. Deadline: April 3, 2017
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Luther and Mary Ida Vandross Scholarship 3rd, 4th or 5th year college students Any
  • Must be enrolled in a 4-year Historically Black College or University (HBCU)
  • In 3rd, 4th or 5th year of study leading to an undergraduate degree
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Have a 2.5GPA or better
  • A resident of Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or New York
  • Transcript
  • Copy of your FAFSA report
  • College/University's Cost of Attendance
  • Essay
  • Recommendation letter
  • Copy of your financial aid award letter
  • Resume of Leadership Experience.
Five (5) $10,000 scholarships will be awarded. Deadline: May 1, 2017
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D. Colman Witte Scholarship High School Seniors, Undergraduate College students
  • Art
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design.
  • Must attend (or plan to attend) a college or university in the Philadelphia region.
  • Must have at least a 2.75 GPA.
  • Essay
  • Recommendation letter
  • Transcripts
  • Acceptance letter from the college/university you plan to attend
  • Copy of your FAFSA report
  • Financial Aid award letter
  • College/University's Cost of Attendance.
  • 10 images of your work should be submitted on a thumb drive or CD which will not be returned.
Multiple one-time scholarships are provided ranging from $1,000-$6,000. Deadline: March 17, 2017
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