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November 30, 2017

2017-2018 Deadline February 24, 2018

The Philadelphia City Scholarship Program awards approximately 50 college scholarships to high school seniors each year. Scholarship awards are $1,000 for each academic year for four consecutive years of full-time enrollment in accredited, four-year, bachelor degree programs. The City of Philadelphia funds this scholarship program and has assisted more than 2,600 students in earning a college degree.

To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, you must:
• Be a high school senior
• You and your parent or legal guardian must live in Philadelphia.
• Have a minimum grade point average of 3.0
• Have taken the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Testing (ACT)
• Have filed the 2018-2019 FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
• Plan to apply to at least one accredited, four-year college in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, or Montgomery counties in Pennsylvania. College must be accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education
• Intend to obtain a bachelor’s degree as a full-time student

Selection Criteria

Applications for the Philadelphia City Scholarship Program are evaluated by the Philadelphia City Scholarship Review Committee. Factors considered include high school grades, extracurricular activities, leadership potential, writing ability, SAT scores, and financial need (from FAFSA Student Aid Report). Students who receive the Mayor’s Scholarship (a different scholarship program) to the University of Pennsylvania are not eligible to receive the Philadelphia City Scholarship. Awards are renewable.

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