The Sponsor-A-Scholar (SAS) Program provides highly motivated Philadelphia public high school students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary to succeed in high school, be admitted to college and earn their degrees. Philadelphia Futures begins working with students in ninth grade and continues to support students through college completion.

For more than 25 years, 
98% of Sponsor-A-Scholar students have matriculated to college. 

100% of the High School Class of 2017 graduated from high school and was accepted to college. 

Since 1989, SAS has made the dream of college a reality for more than 1,000 first-generation-to-college students. Philadelphia Futures provides an array of comprehensive and personalized services, resources and programs to help students meet academic goals and become college ready.

Key components of the SAS Program include:

  • Long-term, one-to-one mentoring
  • Individualized staff support through high school and college
  • Year-round academic enrichment: after-school classes, SAT preparation and summer programs on college campuses
  • Personalized college counseling and guidance activities, including college visits
  • Educational resources, including individual tutoring and use of an onsite computer lab
  • Career awareness activities
  • Gender-specific programming: Young Men's Initiative (YMI) and Young Women Rising (YMR)
  • Extracurricular activities
  • $6,000 for college-related expenses
  • White-Williams Scholars Incentive Awards for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors who meet high academic standards

"Step Up to Your Future": Philadelphia Futures Sponsor-A-Scholar Student Video from Philadelphia Futures on Vimeo.

College Partnerships

SAS students who work hard and excel in high school are eligible for special opportunities offered by Philadelphia Futures' partner colleges. For students who qualify, these college partnerships provide expanded admissions and scholarship assistance at a range of colleges and universities. Our partner colleges are Arcadia University, Dickinson College, Drexel University, Franklin & Marshall College, Gettysburg College, Haverford College, Lafayette College, Lehigh University and Penn State University.

Philadelphia Futures' partner colleges provide critical financial and on-campus support for students who are admitted to their schools under the Philadelphia Futures' program.