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2015 Graduation and Sponsor-A-Scholar 25th Anniversary Celebration

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On Thursday, June 4, 2015, Philadelphia Futures celebrated our 2015 Philadelphia High School and College Graduates, and the 25th Anniversary of our Sponsor-A-Scholar Program.

In addition to celebrating the graduations of 85 of our high school seniors and 60 of our college students, we recognized an outstanding student, mentor and sponsor from each of the past 25 Sponsor-A-Scholar classes.


“Our 25th Anniversary Honorees represent the strength of our past and the hope for our future,” said Executive Director, Joan Mazzotti, in her welcoming remarks.

During the Ceremony, we inducted the first three honorees into the Philadelphia Futures Hall of Fame – Dr. Marciene Mattleman, founder and first Executive Director of Philadelphia Futures for her fierce determination to support young people and the vision, energy and hard work she poured into the development of the Sponsor-A-Scholar Program, and Judy Nadell and John Langan for their transformational support of the Sponsor-A-Scholar Program, for their faithful belief in the potential of our students, and for their authentic desire to make a difference in the world around them.

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Sponsor-A-Scholar Program Reflections

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We recently asked our Sponsor-A-Scholar 25th Anniversary Honorees to take a moment to reflect on their time with Philadelphia Futures’ Sponsor-A-Scholar program, and provide us with their most memorable moments as a sponsor, mentor or student. 

The complete compendium of Sponsor-A-Scholar reflections can be downloaded here.

If you would like to contribute your own reflections, please complete one of the following prompts – or create one of your own – and email your creation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Director of Donor and Alumni Relations. 

  • My most memorable SAS moment is…
  • SAS has made a difference for me by…
  • I support Philadelphia Futures students because…
  • I am thankful to SAS because…

Summer Supplement to the Step Up to College Guide

Two New Resources Unveiled to Assist Philadelphia’s College-Bound Students

Philadelphia Futures has released a new Summer Supplement for rising high school seniors, and the Philadelphia Futures Summer Hotline, which will allow students to ask questions about the college admissions process, will open on July 1.

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Two new tools from Philadelphia Futures are designed to support Philadelphia’s college-bound students: a Summer Supplement to the Step Up to College Guide, and a Summer Hotline for students to ask questions about the college admissions process.  

The Summer Supplement to the annual Step Up to College Guide is designed specifically for rising high school seniors. It walks students through the nine steps they need to take during the summer, including preparing to take the SAT or ACT exam, doing college “fit” research, touring colleges, beginning the application process, and more.

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94 Students Honored During Celebration of Their Achievements in Philadelphia Futures’ Programs

During the third annual White-Williams Scholars Honors Convocation, 94 Philadelphia high school students were presented with financial awards in recognition of their academic excellence, commendable character and active engagement in program activities sponsored by Philadelphia Futures. 
The students, who are sophomores, juniors and seniors in high schools across the City, were celebrated for their achievements in Philadelphia Futures’ Sponsor-A-Scholar and College Connection programs, while also earning semester grades of As or Bs in their schools. 
“Being recognized as a White-Williams Scholar is a significant accomplishment as it represents academic excellence, commendable character and the willingness to be engaged, all of which will be the foundation for success in college and in life,” said Joan C. Mazzotti, executive director of Philadelphia Futures.  

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