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