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, nonprofit 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).

 

Who is eligible for the Last Dollar Scholarship?

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
  • FURNESS HIGH SCHOOL
  • KENSINGTON CREATIVE & PERFORMING ARTS HIGH SCHOOL
  • OLNEY CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL
  • ROXBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL

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

  • PAUL ROBESON HIGH SCHOOL

Only sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the 2022-23 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

Only seniors in the 2022-23 academic year who currently receive a Last Dollar Scholarship may re-apply for up to $5,000:

  • NORTHEAST HIGH SCHOOL

Students from any of the schools and class years listed above who are attending Community College of Philadelphia may apply for a $1,000 flat scholarship. 

 

“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

Kaleidoscope is the Last Dollar Scholarship’s application host, and you’ll find details about the items required once you create your Kaleidoscope account. The application is open from April 1 until we exhaust our funds, often in early August. Start your application early — you can return to complete it as you obtain the required documents. If you have questions along the way, please contact Philadelphia Scholars Senior Manager Allison Kelsey.