APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP

Due to delays and challenges with the FASFA form, Philadelphia Foundation has extended our deadline and modified our process to try and assist students. 

Deadline extended to May 27, 2024

For current college students – we will accept your 2023 FAFSA form (the previous year’s form)

For high school students – we will accept their parents’ 2022 or 2023 tax return in place of the FAFSA (or the student’s in the event they are independent).


Each year, the Philadelphia Foundation awards more than 200 scholarships from funds we manage.

While each scholarship has individual criteria and requirements, a common application is used for all scholarships (with the exception of the Herb it Forward Scholarship), allowing an applicant to simply submit a single application to be considered for every available scholarship.

Please note that when you click on “Apply Here” you will be asked to create a free account. 

  • Once you create your free account, you will be asked to complete a brief scholarship eligibility questionnaire.
  • Upon completion, you will see a list of all scholarships for which you are eligible.
  • You can select as many of the eligible scholarships as you’d like to be considered for and then complete a single application

Questions about scholarships? Email scholarships@philafound.org

Common Application for Scholarships

Deadline: May 27

Alumni Association of the School of Nursing of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Nursing School Scholarship

OPEN TO:
High School Seniors, Undergraduate College students
DEADLINE:
May 27, 2024
MAJOR REQUIRED: Nursing
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Scholarship awards(s) are determined annually. Award amounts will range from $500 to $5,000
OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

Apply for a Scholarship

  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must be a resident of the Greater Philadelphia Region (see application for specifics)
  • Preference given to an applicant who is related to or sponsored by a HUP Alumni
APPLICATION MATERIALS NEEDED:
  • Transcript
  • College/University acceptance letter (if applicable)
  • Financial aid award letter or recent school bill
  • Copy of FAFSA report
  • Student Resume
  • Two Recommendation letters
  • Sponsor Form (if applicable)
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Scholarship awards(s) are determined annually. Award amounts will range from $500 to $5,000
DEADLINE: May 27, 2024

The Bond Club of Philadelphia Howard A. Trauger Scholarship Fund

OPEN TO:
Sophomore or Junior College Students
DEADLINE:
May 27, 2024
MAJOR REQUIRED: Any
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Scholarship award(s) are determined annually and award amounts will vary. 
OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must be a resident of the Greater Philadelphia Region (This area includes, Bucks, Chester Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania as well as Burlington, and Camden in New Jersey
  • Must be in sophomore or junior year at the time of application
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must demonstrate activity outside of education (can be extracurricular, work or volunteer
APPLICATION MATERIALS NEEDED:
  • Transcript
  • Acceptance letter from the college/university you plan to attend
  • Copy of your FAFSA report
  • College/University’s Cost of Attendance
  • Copy of your financial aid award letter
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Scholarship award(s) are determined annually and award amounts will vary. 
DEADLINE: May 27, 2024

Brearley B. and Carl G. Karsch Scholarship Fund

OPEN TO:
High School Seniors Graduating From Thomas A. Edison or Benjamin Franklin High School
DEADLINE:
May 27, 2024
MAJOR REQUIRED: Any
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Two $1,000 one-time scholarships
OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must be a graduating H.S. senior from Thomas A. Edison High School or Benjamin Franklin High School
APPLICATION MATERIALS NEEDED:
  • Transcript
  • Acceptance letter from the college/university you plan to attend
  • Copy of your FAFSA report
  • College/University’s Cost of Attendance
  • Essay
  • Recommendation letter
  • Copy of your financial aid award letter
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Two $1,000 one-time scholarships
DEADLINE: May 27, 2024

Bryn Mawr Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association Scholarship

OPEN TO:
High School Seniors, Undergraduate College students
DEADLINE:
May 27, 2024
MAJOR REQUIRED: Nursing
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Three (3) $1,000 one-time scholarships will be awarded for tuition only
OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must be a resident of the Greater Philadelphia region (see application for specifics)
  • Preference given to an applicant who is related to or sponsored by a Bryn Mawr Hospital School of Nursing Alum
APPLICATION MATERIALS NEEDED:
  • Transcript
  • College/University acceptance letter (if applicable)
  • Financial aid award letter or recent school bill
  • Copy of FAFSA report
  • One Recommendation Letter
  • Sponsor Form (If applicable)
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Three (3) $1,000 one-time scholarships will be awarded for tuition only
DEADLINE: May 27, 2024

Crouthamel Family Nursing Scholarship

OPEN TO:
High School Seniors, Undergraduate College students entering or enrolled in a nursing AD, diploma or BSN program
DEADLINE:
May 27, 2024
MAJOR REQUIRED: Nursing
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: One $500 one-time scholarship will be awarded
OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • Preference will be given to the child, grandchild, niece, nephew or sibling of a nurse
  • Financial need.
  • Good grades.
APPLICATION MATERIALS NEEDED:
  • Transcript
  • College/University acceptance letter (if applicable)
  • Financial aid award letter or recent school bill
  • Copy of FAFSA report
  • One Recommendation Letter
  • Sponsor Form (If applicable)
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: One $500 one-time scholarship will be awarded
DEADLINE: May 27, 2024

D. Colman Witte Scholarship

OPEN TO:
High School Seniors, Undergraduate College students
DEADLINE:
May 27, 2024
MAJOR REQUIRED: Art, Architecture, or Interior Design
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Scholarship award(s) are determined annually. Award amounts will generally range from $500-$6,000 per year
OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must study (or plan to study) art, architecture or interior design
  • Must attend (or plan to attend) a college or university in the Philadelphia region
  • Must have at least a 2.75 GPA
APPLICATION MATERIALS NEEDED:
  • Transcript
  • College/University acceptance letter (if applicable)
  • Financial aid award letter or recent school bill
  • Copy of FAFSA report
  • 10 images of your work
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Scholarship award(s) are determined annually. Award amounts will generally range from $500-$6,000 per year
DEADLINE: May 27, 2024

David Concannon Boston College Memorial Scholarship

OPEN TO:
High School Seniors, Undergraduate College students
DEADLINE:
May 27, 2024
MAJOR REQUIRED: Any
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Scholarship award(s) are determined annually and award amounts will vary
OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must demonstrate financial need (as determined by financial aid award letter)
  • Must submit a personal statement
APPLICATION MATERIALS NEEDED:
  • Essay
  • Resume
  • Recommendation Letter
  • 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.
  • Most recent bill for those currently enrolled at Boston College.
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Scholarship award(s) are determined annually and award amounts will vary
DEADLINE: May 27, 2024

Delta lota Chapter Alumnae Scholarship

OPEN TO:
Sophomore, Junior and Senior students who are matriculating at Cheyney University and demonstrate leadership experience
DEADLINE:
May 27, 2024
MAJOR REQUIRED: Any
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Three (3) $1,000 scholarships
OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must be a full-time student at Cheyney University
  • Must be going into your 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must have at least a 2.7 GPA
  • Must have leadership experience
APPLICATION MATERIALS NEEDED:
  • Essay
  • Resume
  • Description of Leadership Activities
  • Recommendation letter
  • Transcripts
  • Copy of your FAFSA report
  • Financial Aid award letter
  • College/University’s Cost of Attendance.
  • Most recent bill
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Three (3) $1,000 scholarships
DEADLINE: May 27, 2024

Elizabeth J. Harrison Scholarship

OPEN TO:
High School Seniors, Undergraduate College Students
DEADLINE:
May 27, 2024
MAJOR REQUIRED: Any
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Tuition only
OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must be a resident of the Delaware Valley Region (which includes Burlington and Camden counties in New Jersey and Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania)
  • Must be enrolled at an accredited college or university
  • Must demonstrate financial need
APPLICATION MATERIALS NEEDED:
  • College acceptance letter if applicable
  • Essay
  • Recommendation letter
  • Transcripts
  • Dual Enrollment Transcript if applicable
  • Copy of your FAFSA report
  • Financial Aid award letter
  • College/University’s Cost of Attendance
  • Most recent bill if applicable
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Tuition only
DEADLINE: May 27, 2024

Feinstein Fund for Philadelphia Scholars

OPEN TO:
High School Seniors
DEADLINE:
May 27, 2024
MAJOR REQUIRED: Any
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: One (1) $10,000 scholarship ($2,500 per year for 4 years).
OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must be a resident of Philadelphia
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.25
APPLICATION MATERIALS NEEDED:
  • Transcript
  • College/University acceptance letter
  • Financial aid award letter
  • Copy of FAFSA report
  • Copy of SAT/ACT report
  • One Recommendation letter
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: One (1) $10,000 scholarship ($2,500 per year for 4 years).
DEADLINE: May 27, 2024

GSK Opportunity Scholarship

OPEN TO:
High School Seniors, Undergraduate College students, Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate students
DEADLINE:
May 27, 2024
MAJOR REQUIRED: Any
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Four (4) renewable scholarships will be awarded up to $5,000 per year.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • Transcript
  • Financial aid award letter or recent school bill
  • Copy of FAFSA report
  • One Recommendation letter
APPLICATION MATERIALS NEEDED:
  • Transcript
  • College/university acceptance letter (if applicable)
  • Financial Aid award letter
  • College/University’s cost of attendance
  • Essay
  • One Recommendation letter
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Four (4) renewable scholarships will be awarded up to $5,000 per year.
DEADLINE: May 27, 2024

Hussain Scholarship Fund

OPEN TO:
High School Seniors, Undergraduate College Students
DEADLINE:
May 27, 2024
MAJOR REQUIRED: Any
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: One (1) $2,000 one-time scholarship will be awarded
OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must be a student of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Countries descent (see application for specifics)
  • Must be accepted or enrolled in a college or university in the Philadelphia area
  • Must have at least a 3.0 G.P.A.
  • Must be a high-reaching student in need who demonstrates the potential to succeed despite adversity.
APPLICATION MATERIALS NEEDED:
  • Transcript
  • Most recent school bill
  • One Recommendation letter
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: One (1) $2,000 one-time scholarship will be awarded
DEADLINE: May 27, 2024

Joseph E. Coleman, Esq. and Jessie L. Coleman Scholarship Fund

OPEN TO:
High School Seniors, Undergraduate College students
DEADLINE:
May 27, 2024
MAJOR REQUIRED: Any
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Two (2) one-time scholarships, not to exceed a total of $10,000.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must demonstrate financial need (as determined by the FASFA)
  • Must be a resident of Philadelphia
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5
APPLICATION MATERIALS NEEDED:
  • Transcript
  • Acceptance letter from the college/university you plan to attend
  • Copy of your FAFSA report
  • College/University’s Cost of Attendance
  • Essay
  • Recommendation letter
  • Copy of your financial aid award letter
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Two (2) one-time scholarships, not to exceed a total of $10,000.
DEADLINE: May 27, 2024

La Milagrosa/Quintana-Pereira Scholarship (Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal)

OPEN TO:
Spanish-speaking Philadelphia residents
DEADLINE:
May 27, 2024
MAJOR REQUIRED: Any
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Scholarship award(s) are determined annually. Award amounts will generally range between $2,000-$2,500 annually
OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • Preference given to Spanish-speaking residents of the Fairmount section of Philadelphia; learn more here
APPLICATION MATERIALS NEEDED:
  • Transcript
  • College/University acceptance letter
  • Financial aid award letter
  • Copy of FAFSA report
  • One Recommendation letter
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Scholarship award(s) are determined annually. Award amounts will generally range between $2,000-$2,500 annually
DEADLINE: May 27, 2024

Luther and Mary Ida Vandross Scholarship

OPEN TO:
Undergraduate College Students
DEADLINE:
May 27, 2024
MAJOR REQUIRED: Any
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Scholarship awards are determined annually and award amounts will vary. Ten to Twenty (10-20) scholarships will be awarded. Award amounts will generally range from $500-$6,000 per year.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must be enrolled in a 4-year Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in their 3rd, 4th or 5th year of study leading to an undergraduate degree
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5
APPLICATION MATERIALS NEEDED:
  • Transcript
  • Financial aid award letter or recent school bill
  • Copy of FAFSA report
  • Student Resume
  • One Recommendation Letter
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Scholarship awards are determined annually and award amounts will vary. Ten to Twenty (10-20) scholarships will be awarded. Award amounts will generally range from $500-$6,000 per year.
DEADLINE: May 27, 2024

Mervyn Sluizer, Jr. Scholarship

OPEN TO:
High School Seniors
DEADLINE:
May 27, 2024
MAJOR REQUIRED: Any
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Multiple one-year $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must be a resident of the Greater Philadelphia region (see application for specifics)
  • Must have been active in the Boy Scouts of America for at least 5 years and must be currently active at the time of application
  • Must have attained the rank of Eagle
APPLICATION MATERIALS NEEDED:
  • Transcript
  • Financial aid award letter or recent school bill
  • Copy of FAFSA report
  • Two Recommendation Letters
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Multiple one-year $1,000 scholarships will be awarded.
DEADLINE: May 27, 2024

Onny and Oboe Scholarship

OPEN TO:
Graduating high school seniors and current undergraduate students
DEADLINE:
May 27, 2024
MAJOR REQUIRED: Any
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Scholarship award(s) are determined annually and award amounts will vary
OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must be a heart transplant patient, spouse and/or child of a heart transplant patients
  • Must reside in the United States
  • Must study in the United States
APPLICATION MATERIALS NEEDED:
  • Confirmation regarding the occurrence of a heart transplant will be required.
  • Transcript
  • Acceptance letter from the college/university you plan to attend
  • Copy of your FAFSA report
  • College/University’s Cost of Attendance
  • Essay
  • Recommendation letter
  • Copy of your financial aid award letter
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Scholarship award(s) are determined annually and award amounts will vary
DEADLINE: May 27, 2024

Philadelphia Ultimate Scholarship

OPEN TO:
High school seniors
DEADLINE:
May 27, 2024
MAJOR REQUIRED: Any
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: One (1) $1,000 one-time scholarship will be awarded
OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

• Must demonstrate financial need
• Must be a graduating senior from a Philadelphia area high school
• Must be an active member of a Philadelphia area Ultimate team
• Must plan to play on a college-level Ultimate team in the Philadelphia area

APPLICATION MATERIALS NEEDED:

• Transcript
• College/university acceptance letter
• Financial aid award letter
• Copy of FAFSA report
• Essay
• Letter of recommendation from Ultimate Coach

AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: One (1) $1,000 one-time scholarship will be awarded
DEADLINE: May 27, 2024

Richard A. Ash Scholarship

OPEN TO:
High School Seniors, Undergraduate College students
DEADLINE:
May 27, 2024
MAJOR REQUIRED: Any
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Multiple scholarships will be awarded. Award amounts will generally range from $1,000-$5,000 per year and range from one year scholarships to four year scholarships.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must be a resident of Philadelphia
  • Must be accepted or enrolled at an accredited college or trade school
APPLICATION MATERIALS NEEDED:
  • Transcript
  • College acceptance letter
  • Copy of FASFSA report
  • College/University Cost of Attendance
  • Two Short Essays
  • Recommendation Letter
  • Copy of your financial aid award letter
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Multiple scholarships will be awarded. Award amounts will generally range from $1,000-$5,000 per year and range from one year scholarships to four year scholarships.
DEADLINE: May 27, 2024

Robert C. Digges Scholarship Fund

OPEN TO:
High school seniors, Undergraduate college students
DEADLINE:
May 27, 2024
MAJOR REQUIRED: Any
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Scholarship award(s) are determined annually and award amounts will vary
OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must be a resident of the Greater Philadelphia Region (This area includes Bucks, Chester Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties in Pennsylvania as well as Burlington and Camden in New Jersey)
  • Must be accepted or enrolled into an accredited college or university
APPLICATION MATERIALS NEEDED:
  • Transcript
  • Acceptance letter from the college/university you plan to attend
  • Copy of your FAFSA report
  • College/University’s Cost of Attendance
  • Essay
  • Recommendation letter
  • Copy of your financial aid award letter
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Scholarship award(s) are determined annually and award amounts will vary
DEADLINE: May 27, 2024

The Zeta Omicron Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Leadership and Scholarship Fund

OPEN TO:
African American Males graduating from a Philadelphia area High School
DEADLINE:
May 27, 2024
MAJOR REQUIRED: Any
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: One $2,000 schol;arship and one $1,500 scholarship
OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must be an African American Male graduating from a Philadelphia area High School
  • Must demonstrate academic excellence, leadership, and dedication to community service
APPLICATION MATERIALS NEEDED:
  • Transcript
  • College acceptance letter
  • Financial Aid Award Letter
  • College estimated cost of attendance
  • FAFSA
  • Essay
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Photo
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: One $2,000 schol;arship and one $1,500 scholarship
DEADLINE: May 27, 2024

Walter J. Thackray Memorial Scholarship

OPEN TO:
High School Seniors
DEADLINE:
May 27, 2024
MAJOR REQUIRED: Construction Management, Agricultural Science, or Horticultural Science
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Award amounts will range from $1,000 to $2,000
OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
  • Must demonstrate financial need
  • Must plan to study construction management, agricultural science, or horticultural science
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Preference given to a student who is a direct descendant of an operating engineer, teamster, or other labor trade
APPLICATION MATERIALS NEEDED:
  • Transcript
  • College/University acceptance letter
  • Financial aid award letter
  • Copy of FAFSA report
  • One Recommendation letter
AMOUNT AND NUMBER OF AWARDS: Award amounts will range from $1,000 to $2,000
DEADLINE: May 27, 2024