College Connection Educators

A student's success in Philadelphia Futures' College Connection Program often begins with a teacher or guidance counselor who recognizes the student's potential for college success, and acts on it!

College Connection recruits students who have a demonstrated academic foundation and the goal of earning a college degree. Students are served from 11th grade through college completion. Through our College Connection Program we work with public, public charter and parochial high schools in Philadelphia, and are grateful for the support we receive from our partner teachers and guidance counselors who nominate high-achieving students for participation in the Program.

Download the College Connection Application

Student Eligibility

College Connection is a highly selective program. Students are eligible to apply to the College Connection Program if he or she:

  • Attends a Philadelphia public, public charter or parochial high school
  • Is the first generation in their family to go to college
  • Has strong records of attendance and positive behavior in school
  • Earned an 850 or higher combined Math and Critical Reading score on the PSAT/NMSQT, an 850 or better combined Math and Critical Reading score on the SAT, or an ACT Composite score of 19 or better
  • Has a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher and has taken rigorous academic courses in 9th and 10th grades
  • Meets Family Income Guidelines by qualifying for free or reduced lunch under the National School Lunch guidelines
  • Is focused, hard-working, open to feedback and willing to commit to a structured college preparation, application and long-term support program

Cooperation from parents and guardians also is required for students entering the Program.

Nominate a Student

Do you know a high school student whom you wish to nominate for the College Connection Program? Students must complete and submit the College Connection Application. If you or a student has application questions, please contact College Connection Admissions through email or by phone at 215.790.1666, Ext. 453. 

If you would prefer that we directly contact a potential student to introduce them to the SAS Program, please contact Davielle Keiser, Director, College Connection, through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 215.790.1666, Ext. 415 and provide the student's name, grade, school, contact information and the reason you believe they would be a strong candidate for the College Connection Program.

Schedule a College Connection Information Session at Your School

Philadelphia Futures staff members are available to come to your school and provide a College Connection information session to a group of students who you believe are strong candidates for the Program. To arrange for an information session, please contact Davielle Keiser, Director, College Connection, through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 215.790.1666, Ext. 415.