Scholarship funds at The Philadelphia Foundation are an appealing way for individuals, families, businesses, or other groups of people to strengthen their community.
Because The Philadelphia Foundation focuses its grantmaking in the Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, we encourage the creation of scholarship funds that benefit students from a designated school or a particular part of our service area. We also welcome scholarship funds that will help students from our area attend a specific school, college or university, regardless of its location, or pursue a particular course of study. Donors may establish scholarship funds for any level of study, from pre-school to post-graduate. Donors may specify other selection criteria for recipients, including but not limited to academic achievement and financial need.
A scholarship fund can carry the name of the donor, family, company, or someone the donor wishes to honor. All grants from the fund are made in the name of the fund, in perpetuity. Donors who prefer anonymity can choose names that reflect their funds' charitable purposes.
Policies for Scholarship Funds
All scholarship awards must be given for charitable purposes, and selection of recipients must be made on an objective, non-discriminatory basis. There must be broad dissemination of eligibility requirements and application deadlines for scholarship awards. The Foundation makes scholarship grants only to qualified, nonprofit educational institutions for the benefit of selected students.
For More Information
The Philadelphia Foundation staff is ready to help you by answering any questions you might have about a scholarship fund. Call Sylvia Spivey, Scholarship Manager, at 215-563-6417 ext. 120.