Philadelphia Scholars


​PEF’s Philadelphia Scholars Program helps Philadelphia students, many of whom are first-generation college-goers, get to and through college. Scholars are awarded scholarships based on demonstrated need and are supported further through our college persistence program.

$17 million

in scholarship aid has been awarded through Philadelphia Scholars since 1990

4000 students

students assisted in closing their financial aid gap


average scholarship awarded for 2021-22


We work to reduce the financial burdens of a college education. Our Philadelphia Scholars Last Dollar Scholarship—the largest non-university based scholarship program in Philadelphia—awards $550,000 in aid annually. Eligible students who have a documented, unmet financial need of between $200 and $7,500 may apply. To support our scholarship recipients through to graduation, Philadelphia Scholars can also participate in persistence programs that include college and career success workshops and an informal peer and alumni network.


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Get detailed information on our Last Dollar Scholarship including who is eligible and how to apply.