Philadelphia Futures offers direct service and community impact programs designed to provide Philadelphia’s low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources, and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college. We reach Philadelphia’s underserved public high school students most in need of our services. Our students live in families and communities that suffer from the strains of urban poverty.

Learn more about Philadelphia Futures’ programs and services:


The Sponsor-A-Scholar (SAS) program provides highly motivated Philadelphia public high school students in grades nine through twelve with an array of comprehensive, time-tested, and personalized services, resources, and programs to help students meet academic goals, become college ready, and graduate from college.

College Connection

The College Connection Program guides highly motivated students attending Philadelphia’s public, public charter, and parochial high schools beginning in 11th grade through the college application, admission, and financial aid processes, and actively supports their progress through college completion by providing comprehensive, personalized services, resources, and programs.

College Success

To meet the challenges that low-income, first-generation-to-college students often face while earning their college degrees, Philadelphia Futures’ Office of College Success (OCS) supports Sponsor-A-Scholar (SAS) and College Connection students throughout their college years.

Special Initiatives

Philadelphia Futures is dedicated to expanding its reach and impact through special initiatives, including the Young Men’s Initiative, Young Women Rising, and Career Initiatives.

Charles E. Ellis Trust for Girls

Philadelphia Futures also serves as the administrator of the Charles E. Ellis Trust for Girls, which provides grants to young women of limited financial means who live in single-parent households, to help them enhance their high school experience and prepare for postsecondary success.


Parents & Guardians

Philadelphia Futures is proud to work closely with the parents and guardians of students in the Sponsor-A-Scholar and College Connection programs, who play an important role in the lives of our scholars.  Their active participation is critical to our scholars’ successes. Parents and guardians who are involved with the programs often feel better equipped to support their students’ journeys toward earning a college degree.