Strategic College Partnerships

Philadelphia Futures has formed  strategic partnerships with colleges and universities that understand the value of a diverse student body and are committed to providing Sponsor-A-Scholar (SAS) students with comprehensive support and scholarship aid. We’ve been in partnership with Gettysburg College since 2001 and Dickinson College since 2002. Since that time, we have also established partnerships with Drexel UniversityLafayette College and Arcadia University

These collaborations have resulted in more than $16 million in financial and scholarship aid to SAS students, along with significant on-campus services to support our students’ postsecondary success. 

Philadelphia Futures also has partnered with The Brook J. Lenfest Foundation since 2003. The Foundation provides “last dollar” scholarships to SAS students attending Penn State University and Temple University. In addition to the financial assistance provided by the Foundation, Penn State and Temple provide support services to our Lenfest Scholars.

The relationships we share with our partner schools are mutually beneficial. Our partner schools benefit by having a more diverse student body and the ability to offer a richer educational experience to all students, and our Sponsor-A-Scholar students receive life-changing opportunities.

Philadelphia Futures has long-term relationships with many area colleges and universities that support SAS students while in high school, and help make it possible for them to attend college. A strong network of higher education partners provides intensive summer, on-campus academic enrichment experiences, as well as a full range of college exploration activities including campus visits, workshops in college selection, admissions and financial aid, and the opportunity for dual enrollment in college-level courses.

Colleges offering support and resources to SAS high school students include Drexel University, Eastern University, Haverford College, and Temple University.

“One of the key reasons Sponsor-A-Scholar students have been successful at Gettysburg is because of the trust we have in our collaboration with Philadelphia Futures’ staff in identifying potential students for admission to Gettysburg, and supporting them together once they have enrolled.”

- H. Pete Curry
Dean of Intercultural Advancement
Gettysburg College

If your college is interested in exploring a potential partnership with Philadelphia Futures, or would like to offer resources to Sponsor-A-Scholar students, please contact Joan Mazzotti, Executive Director, by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone at 215.790.1666, Ext. 418.