Last Dollar Scholarship

What is the Last Dollar Scholarship?

The Last Dollar Scholarship is a need-based “gap” award of $200 to $7,500 for graduates of our high school College Access Program and partner high schools who are enrolled full-time in a 2- or 4-year, non-profit college. We look at a student’s Expected Family Contribution (as determined by the FAFSA), their college financial aid package total, and the college’s Cost of Attendance. Students can reapply each year up to 6 years from first eligibility as long as the student maintains a minimum 2.0 GPA. Costs we consider are: tuition, housing, meal plan, mandatory fees, and public transportation (commuting students only).

 

The 2023-24 application will open on April 1, 2023.

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Who is eligible for the Last Dollar Scholarship in academic year 2023-24?

Graduating high school seniors in the Philadelphia Education Fund’s College Access Program in the following schools are eligible for scholarships up to $7,500:

  • BARTRAM HIGH SCHOOL
  • FRANKFORD HIGH SCHOOL
  • FURNESS HIGH SCHOOL
  • KENSINGTON CREATIVE & PERFORMING ARTS HIGH SCHOOL
  • OLNEY HIGH SCHOOL
  • ROXBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL

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Only graduating high school seniors at the partner schools listed below may be eligible to receive scholarships up to $5,000:

  • PAUL ROBESON HIGH SCHOOL

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Students from any of the schools listed above who will attend Community College of Philadelphia may apply for a $1,000 flat scholarship. 

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Alumni of the schools below: Only college juniors and seniors in the 2023-24 academic year who currently receive a Last Dollar Scholarship may re-apply for up to $5,000:

  • THOMAS A. EDISON HIGH SCHOOL
  • BENJAMIN FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL
  • KENSINGTON HEALTH SCIENCES ACADEMY
  • KENSINGTON HIGH SCHOOL
  • LANKENAU HIGH SCHOOL
  • MASTERY CHARTER AT SIMON GRATZ HIGH SCHOOL
  • PARKWAY WEST HIGH SCHOOL
  • WILLIAM L. SAYRE HIGH SCHOOL
  • STRAWBERRY MANSION HIGH SCHOOL
  • WEST PHILADELPHIA HIGH SCHOOL

“My family has struggled, but the scholarship has given me an opportunity to complete my education and there is nothing greater than that. I can change my situation for myself because of it.”

Kynaisha Cruz, Class of ‘08