CORE Philly

In 2003, United States Representative Chaka Fattah announced the CORE (College Opportunity Resources for Education) Philly initiative, a partnership between the City of Philadelphia, the School District of Philadelphia, and the School Reform Commission. The CORE Philly Initiative was developed to provide scholarships for four years to Philadelphia high school students. The City of Philadelphia, under the leadership of Mayor John F. Street, committed $4 million each year for the first four years, and the School District committed $6 million per year.

The Philadelphia Education Fund managed the CORE Philly Scholarship application and award process from 2004 to 2009, collaborating with students, parents, and colleges and universities. The Ed Fund continued to administer awards until the 2008–2009 program year, when CORE Philly operations transitioned for its final year of operation to the Educational Advancement Alliance.

The Purpose

CORE Philly was a nonprofit initiative designed to unite the Philadelphia community around the goal of ensuring that all of Philadelphia children have access to college. This is important not only for high school students, but for the city and region as a whole. Easing the pathway from high school to college will help make Philadelphia more competitive and desirable place to live, work, and raise a family.

In addition to disbursing scholarship awards to students, the CORE Philly staff responsibilities included processing student applications, verifying applicants’ college enrollment and financial need, interfacing with colleges and universities on behalf of student applicants, preparing invoices to the City and SDP for scholarship dollars, disbursing funds for CORE Philly scholarships to colleges and universities, and reporting on program activities.

Program Highlights

  • For the 2008–2009 academic year, the CORE Philly Scholarship Program awarded more than $5,428,625.00 to students that applied and were eligible
  • 3,495 high school students applied during the 2008–2009 program year; 2,595 students were awarded scholarships