Are you a student who strives to excel in high school?
Do you aim to attend college and obtain your degree?
College Connection is an intensive program that guides students who have a demonstrated academic foundation through the college application, admissions and financial aid processes and actively supports them through college completion. The goal of College Connection is to expand options and opportunities for college-bound students attending Philadelphia public, public charter and parochial high schools beginning in 11th grade.
College Connection students work closely with Philadelphia Futures to identify colleges and universities that best fit their academic, financial and social needs while supporting their admission to and success in these institutions. Students must be focused, hard-working, open to feedback and willing to commit to a structured college preparation, application and long-term support program.
The College Connection Program offers students:
- Personalized college guidance and individualized staff support through students' junior and senior years of high school and throughout college
- Weekly college-readiness programming: Junior year includes college awareness activities, campus visits, skill-building courses and SAT prep. Senior year includes classes on college admissions and financial aid processes and assistance with the transition to college.
- Intensive summer experiences before students' junior and senior years
- Educational resources, including individual tutoring and use of an onsite computer lab
- Extracurricular activities: Speech & Drama Club, Science Club, Film Series, Book Club, Stock Market Club, Performing Arts Writing Club, Robotics Club, Young Women Rising and Philosophy Club
- Eligibility for scholarships to Philadelphia Futures' partner colleges for students who work hard and excel
- White-Williams Scholars Incentive Awards for high school juniors and seniors who meet high academic standards
Support for College Connection students does not end with high school graduation. Philadelphia Futures is with students every step of the way throughout college. Our College Retention and Success Services continue to provide individualized academic and personal support and assistance with preparing for graduate school and careers.
If achieving the dream of a college degree is your goal, College Connection will help you succeed. To be eligible to apply for the College Connection Program, students need to:
- Attend a Philadelphia public, public charter or parochial high school
- Be the first generation in their family to go to college
- Earn good grades
- Have strong records of attendance and positive behavior in school
- Be recommended by a school official
- Meet a satisfactory range for standardized test scores
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher and have taken rigorous academic courses in 9th and 10th grades
- Meet Family Income Guidelines by qualifying for free or reduced lunch under the National School Lunch guidelines
- Be focused, hard-working, open to feedback and willing to commit to a structured college preparation, application and long-term support program
Student Application Process: Apply Today!
We encourage you to apply today.
1. Obtain the College Connection application by doing one of the following:
- Downloading the College Connection application
- Calling the Philadelphia Futures office at 215.790.1666 to request an application by mail
- Meeting with your guidance counselor
2. Complete the application with your parent or guardian.
3. Submit the completed application by doing one of the following:
- Mailing the form to:
Davielle Keiser, Director of College Connection
230 South Broad Street, 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19102
- Faxing the form to Philadelphia Futures at 215.790.1888 to the attention of Davielle Keiser.
4. Once your application is received, College Connection staff will review the materials to determine eligibility. If eligible, students and their parent/guardian will be invited to the Philadelphia Futures office for an in-person interview.
5. After the interview is completed, the student will be notified by mail if he or she has been accepted into the Program.