Sponsor-A-Scholar is a highly selective program. Students are eligible to apply to the SAS Program if he or she:

  • Attends a Philadelphia public school
  • Is currently in 8th, 9th or 10th grade
  • Is the first generation in their family to attend college
  • Earns good grades
  • Has strong records of attendance and behavior in school
  • Meets the SAS Family Income Guidelines (similar to those for the Federal Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program)
  • Is able to participate in SAS after-school and summer academic programs

Students also must be capable of working with a supportive adult mentor. Cooperation from parents and guardians is required for students entering the Program.