By 2020, it is estimated that 65% of U.S. jobs will require some form of postsecondary education. Further, postsecondary education is also increasingly the only route to upward mobility. The lowest-income Americans who obtain a college degree are five times more likely than their peers to escape poverty.
Founded in 1989, Philadelphia Futures has made a profound difference in the lives of thousands of students through the power of education. White-Williams Scholars, dating back to 1800, had a long and highly regarded reputation of providing low-income students with the financial resources necessary to support their academic goals in high school. The two organizations joined with the intention of combining resources and assets in the pursuit of a common purpose – to provide low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources, and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college.
Dating back to 1800, White-Williams Scholars is one of the oldest charities in the United States. Read how Philadelphia Futures and White-Williams Scholars shared mission of providing economically disadvantaged student with the tools, resources, and opportunities necessary for success led to merger, resulting in a combined organization with a significant impact on Philadelphia’s students.
Philadelphia Futures is proud to produce a roster of publications that help students gain admission to and succeed in college. Philadelphia Futures publishes the annual Step Up to College Guide that is circulated, at no cost, to more than 42,000 Philadelphia high school students. Our strategic plan, annual reports, and bi-annual newsletters are also available for viewing.
Mission & Values
Philadelphia Futures supports low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources, and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college.
Philadelphia Futures transforms lives by breaking down barriers that have historically excluded low-income, first-generation-to-college students from college success.
A college education is the portal to economic self-sufficiency and a satisfying life.