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Scholarships can help students and their families offset the cost of attending college.  The amount a student receives in scholarship money is directly related to the amount of effort they put into researching and applying for scholarships.  Franklin Towne students are eligible to receive multiple types of scholarships (listed below). Throughout the year, the FTCHS Guidance Office receives numerous scholarship opportunities from community organizations, corporations, foundations, and academic institutions. All scholarships are listed below. Students should also create profiles on scholarship search engine websites (listed under RESOURCES below).  These search engines match student information to scholarships all over the web and will email students when matching scholarships are available.  

There are many different types of scholarships available to students pursing all types of post-secondary education.  

The most common scholarships may be classified as:

Merit-based: These awards are based on a student's academic, artistic, athletic or other abilities, and often factor in an applicant's extracurricular activities and community service record. The most common merit-based scholarships, awarded by either private organizations or directly by a student's intended college, recognize academic achievement or high scores on standardized tests. Most merit-based scholarships are paid directly by the institution the student attends, rather than issued directly to the student.
Need-based: In the United States, these awards are based on the student and family's financial record and require applicants to fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to qualify if the scholarship is a federal award. Private need-based scholarships also often require the results of a FAFSA, which calculates a student's financial need through a formula that looks at the expected family contribution and cost of attendance at the intended college.

Student-specific: These are scholarships for which applicants must initially qualify based upon gender, race, religion, family and medical history, or many other student-specific factors. Minority scholarships are the most common awards in this category. For example,The Gates Millennium Scholars program is minority scholarship funded by Bill and Melinda Gates for excellent African American, American Indian, Asian Pacific Islander American and Latino students who enroll in college.
Career-specific: These are scholarships a college or university awards to students who plan to pursue a specific field of study. Often, the most generous awards to students who pursue careers in high-need areas such as education or nursing. Many schools in the United States give future nurses full scholarships to enter the field, especially if the student intends to work in a high-need community.
College-specific: College-specific scholarships are offered by individual colleges and universities to highly qualified applicants. These scholarships, given on the basis of academic and personal achievement, usually result in either a full-ride to the college, or for a reduced rate of tuition.

Helpful Scholarship Tips
  • Start the process early and search for scholarships every year of high school
  • Create a resume to help organize academic achievements and document important activities you have done (volunteer work, part time jobs, leadership opportunities)
  • Reach out to family and friends and let them know that you are looking for scholarship opportunities
  • Respect scholarship deadlines and the application requirements
  • Use free sites to access scholarship information (see search engines and resources below)
  • Highlight your individuality!

Tuition Funding Sources (TFS) scholarship website has millions of scholarships and grants just a click away. Wells Fargo Bank is sponsoring the scholarship matching website that also includes a career personality test along with college and career planning tips and tools.
Please visit to view scholarship opportunities and to apply.  

The Ivy Legacy Foundation has awarded over $250,000 in scholarships to exceptional high school seniors as well as non-traditional students from the greater Philadelphia Area.  Many different scholarships are available.   
Visit to see the current offerings.

More than 50 scholarships are awarded annually by The Philadelphia Foundation from scholarship funds the foundation manages.
Consult the searchable directory at to discover what each scholarship funds, its requirements, application materials needed and deadlines. Important Note: Each scholarship has individual criteria, deadline and requirements. Before applying, carefully review the information provided to make sure the scholarship is an appropriate one for you.


 Nursing Schools Almanac has just launched its second annual Aspiring Nurse Scholarship. Their website will award a $1,000 scholarship to an aspiring nurse who best demonstrates:

  • A track record of academic excellence, particularly in science and mathematics
  • A passion for the nursing profession and the overall field of healthcare

 This scholarship is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue college education in nursing, including LPN / LVN, ADN, and BSN programs. Interested students can visit and click the banner on the right-hand side of the website's homepage. Here they'll find detailed scholarship information and the official application form.


State Farm Companies Foundation

State Farm Companies Foundation was established in 1963 as an independent private foundation funded by the State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company. The Foundation provides support for key initiatives and scholarships, as well as associate-directed programs, including grants supporting volunteerism and matching gifts to charitable organizations and two- and four-year colleges and universities. These programs support the communities where State Farm associates live and work.


American Fire Sprinkler Association

The American Fire Sprinkler Association created the college scholarship program to help with the educational and training pursuits of students just like you. In addition, AFSA wants to educate the public at-large about the life-saving properties of automatic fire sprinklers. So, if you meet the contest requirements and want to learn a little during the process, please enter and good luck! Please visit for more information and the scholarship application. Scholarship deadline is April 1, 2019.


The Horatio Alger Scholarship

The Horatio Alger Association seeks to assist students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need, a good academic record, commitment to pursue a college education, and a desire to contribute to society. The scholarships are given to deserving students each year and range in award value from $6,000. To $25,000. Eligibility criteria includes: demonstrated financial need ($55,000. or lower adjusted gross family income is required), be involved in co-curricular and community service activities, maintain a GPA of 2.0 and be a U.S. citizen. For additional details and to submit your completed application please visit


 WACE -Advancing Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education

The National Co-op Scholarship Program is looking to award merit scholarships to current high school seniors. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better on 4.0 scale. Applicants must be applying for 2018-2019 admission to one of the following

  1. Drexel University, Clarkson University, Merrimack College, Rochester Institute of Technology, State University of New York Oswego, The University of Toledo, University of Cincinnati, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Wentworth Institute of TechnologyApplication is available at
  2. There are varying application deadlines (Drexel is due 2/1/2017) Please visit for more information. Please note: the application does include 200-word essay on why you have chosen to pursue a college cooperative education program. EARLY APPLICATIONS ARE HIGHLY ENCOURAGED 

Imagine America Foundation

This page was created as a hub where anyone can quickly learn about our career college and technical education scholarships.  Scholarship deadlines and amounts vary.  Please visit to create an account and start your search today!

Bezos Scholars Program  

The Bezos Scholars Program, a year-long leadership development program for current high school Juniors.  Each year 17 student and educator pairs are selected to create a lasting impact on their community.   

The program starts with Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen, Colorado from June 22-28, 2019.  It also includes $1000 in funding to launch community change and college advising support during the student's senior year. 

Applicants should demonstrate academic rigor, maturity, curiosity and leadership. Students should apply by February 8, 2019.  To start the application, please visit     

Gettysburg College

With help from a generous grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), we are offering a STEM scholarship program for students interested in STEM fields (Biology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics). STEM Scholars will have their full demonstrated financial need met for all four years with no loans, and have the opportunity to:

  • Attend a STEM-focused pre-orientation workshop with other STEM Scholars.
  • Enroll in an exclusive First-Year Seminar taught by STEM faculty.
  • Participate in bi-monthly luncheons with STEM faculty and a variety of learning activities on and off campus.
  • Take advantage of various STEM offerings, including faculty-student research, peer-mentoring, preferential residence in Gettysburg College's Science House, and internship opportunities with industrial partners.
Our deadline for Regular Decision admission (using the Common Application) is February 1, and students should file both the CSS Financial Aid Profile and FAFSA by February 1.  Please visit the website for more information and eligibility requirements.

Hermine Solt Student Scholarship

The Pennsylvania Association of Educational Office Professionals (PAEOP) welcomes all qualifying students to submit a scholarship application for the 2019 Hermine Solt Student Scholarship. This is a $500 scholarship that was established in 1992 for the purpose of aiding students in Pennsylvania to pursue higher education in a business-related field.  This scholarship will be given to an eligible senior applicant graduating from a Pennsylvania High School or Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School to be used as either tuition assistance or as a school bookstore credit at any approved two or four-year post-secondary institution, college, or university majoring in the business field.  (Examples include but not limited to: Accounting, Business, Business Administration, Business Communications, Business Management, Business Communications, International Business, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Marketing, Computer/Technology, or Secretarial/Admin. Assistant)

Complete details including criteria, guidelines, and scholarship application can be found at PAEOP’s website: – under Award & Scholarships. 

 Due March 1, 2019

KidGuard for Education Scholarship Program 

At KidGuard, we are passionate about the healthy development of children and families. The KidGuard for Education Scholarship is part of our effort to bring awareness and inspire solutions on issues such as cyberbullying, online predators, teen suicide and childhood depression in the age of technology. ELIGIBILITY: All grades 9 - 12 High School Students; DEADLINE: Ongoing (Annual) , Every October 31st 11:59 PM (Pacific Time) Please visit for the application.

2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honor students in grades 5-12 for making meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service. Applications are available at and are due November 6, 2018. In each state, the top high school youth volunteer will be named State Honoree and will receive an award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., in May. During this trip, 10 of the State Honorees will be named America’s top youth volunteers of the year and will receive $5,000 awards, engraved gold medallions, trophies for their school, and $5,000 grants from The Prudential Foundation for nonprofit charitable organizations of their choice. Email completed application to your Counselor for submission. State-level winners for 2019 will be announced on February 5, 2019.

Voice of Democracy Youth Scholarship

Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. The national first-place winner receives a $30,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$16,000, and the first-place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins a minimum scholarship of $1,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Deadline: October 31, 2018 Want to apply? Click here


Higher education: that magical time when deadlines are tight and budgets are tighter. Whether you’re living off of insta-coffee or insta-noodles, we get it—and we’d like to help fund your brain fuel for the coming school year. Just write a 400-500 word essay for your chance to win $2500! Deadline: May 1, 2019 Please visit

Ayn Rand Institute Essay Contest

Have you read one of Ayn Rand’s thought-provoking novels? Now’s the time! Enter an Ayn Rand Institute essay contest for your chance to win thousands of dollars in scholarship prize money.  ARI has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for more than thirty years. This year we will award over 230 prizes, totaling more than $70,000. Deadline: January 15, 2019 and April 25, 2019 Please visit for more information. 

Discover Student Loans Sweepstakes

Sign up for e-mails to get helpful college tips and resources, and enter to win a scholarship! Throughout the year, 11 eligible students or parents will be randomly selected to win a $10,000 Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award to help cover college expenses. Deadline: January 31, 2019 Please visit

Create-A-Greeting-Card Scholarship

  • Submit original photo, artwork or computer graphics for the front of a greeting card.
  • Contest submissions accepted from: May 31st, 2018 - March 1st, 2019.
  • Winner will be announced May 1st, 2019.
  • Age Eligibility: Must be 14 years or older at time of entry and be enrolled in High School, College, University or Homeschool.
  • The finalists will again be decided by voting!
  • Deadline: March 1, 2019
  • Visit for rules and application 

Getting Real About Distracted Driving Scholarship

At Comedy Defensive Driving, we believe that quality education is too expensive for many students and should be obtainable for everyone. So, if you are up for trying something meaningful to help achieve your goal of a quality college education, visit 

SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT: $1,000. Deadline: December 31, 2018 (fall contest) and May 31, 2019 (spring contest)

The Hispanic Heritage Foundation’s (HHF) 2018 Youth Awards Grant Program

Awards students up to $3,500 in educational grants to fund their higher education or a community-based project. Recipients are selected for their accomplishments in the classroom, community, and for their excellence in various educational categories. Recipients are celebrated in 10 regional ceremonies across the U.S. (Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Northern CA, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C.). The 2018 Award Categories are: Business & Entrepreneurship, Community Service, Education, Healthcare & Science, Media & Entertainment, and Technology & Engineering. Eligible students need apply to the region nearest to their area of residence. To be considered, students are to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be currently enrolled in high school and graduation in Spring 2019
  • Have a min. unweighted 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (or a 7.5 on a 10.0 scale)
  • Must enroll at an accredited higher education institution in 2019-2020
  • Be of Hispanic heritage (includes Spain, Brazil, and Philippines)
  • If selected, attendance to regional awards are mandatory and travel expenses are not included
  • Be a U.S. permanent resident, U.S. citizen, or qualify under DACA

The deadline is MONDAY, OCTOBER 15th, 2018 and you can find the application at

Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education Dr. Judith A. W. Thomas High School Scholarships

Each year the Pennsylvania Black Conference on Higher Education (PBCOHE) will award $1,000 scholarships to three high school seniors from high schools of the host Region for the annual PBCOHE Conference. PBCOHE will solicit scholarship applications from those schools/districts where members of the organization have active community service projects. 

The application process and evaluation of the Dr. Judith A. Thomas scholarship candidates will be the responsibility of a sub-committee of the PBCOHE Scholarship Committee that includes three members from the annual conference committee and two representatives from the local school district(s).

The student selection criteria are as follows:

  1. Student applicants must have applied and been accepted to a Pennsylvania college or university.
  1. Students must have a significant documented financial need. (The local school district members of the sub-committee will verify or document need). Student should have completed a FAFSA or provide verification that they completed and submitted the FAFSA after submitting the PBCOHE application prior to the awarding of the scholarship.
  1. Students should have at least a B average.
  1. Provide official high school transcript.
  1. The student and/or location sponsor(s) must submit an essay of no more than three 8 1/2 x 11 double-spaced typewritten pages. The essay should emphasize the following characteristics of the candidate:
    • Leadership
    • Community service
    • Personal strengths
    • Career goals
    • Special talents
    • Honors and awards
  1. The application must include three references reachable by telephone or e-mail.
  1. Student applicants should be African American or of African descent.
  1. The scholarship will be awarded to the student once he/she has matriculated to a Pennsylvania college or university. (The student must present proof of registration to PBCOHE secretary.)
  1. Scholarship will be awarded directly to the student.
  1. Student will be assigned a mentor from the PBCOHE.

 Please stop by Guidance for the application due on March 9, 2019.

PACAC Scholarship

The PACAC Scholarships are each a one-year non-renewable scholarship for high school seniors graduating from PACAC member high schools. This scholarship is intended to support a student's goal of continuing his or her education.

Multiple scholarships were awarded in May 2018.  The top recipient received the $1,500 Scholarship in memory of one of our PACAC founding fathers, Benjamin James.  The other three recipients received a $1,000 Scholarship.

High school seniors will be selected based on:

  • Academic performance in a college prep curriculum
  • Financial need
  • Commitment to cultural and intellectual diversity
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the end of the first semester of senior year

The scholarship application will include:

  • PACAC Scholarship Application (completed by the student) - click here!
    • Essay - describe how receiving this scholarship would impact the role of education in your life (500 words)
    • This is due January 15, 2019
  • PACAC Counselor Form (completed by the high school counselor) - click here!
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    • This is due February 1, 2019
  • Transcript (Part of Counselor Form)

The Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority  

The Philadelphia Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will provide its annual scholarship aid to students regardless of race, sex, in pursuit of higher education. 

The minimum requirements for applicants include: students must be applying to a two or four-year college or university, minimum “B” average (2.5) and attend a Philadelphia County School.  Applicants must submit the following information:  

  • official high school transcripts (must include grades from September through December 2018) 
  •  a full statement of your educational objectives and life goals. Include realistic steps you see as necessary for fulfillment of your future plans. (must be typed 300 words or less) 
  • Three letters of reference (family members excluded) 
  • SAT or ACT Scores  
  • Parent/Guardians-describe in 150 words or less, your financial need.  Please attach to this document. 

Application deadline is February 4, 2018. Please mail the completed application and required documents to: 

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. 

Scholarship Committee  

P.O. Box 25201 

Philadelphia, PA 19119 

Please see Ms. Runyen in Guidance for more information.  

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Omega Omega Chapter 

Mildred B. Dudley Scholarship Application  

The Omega Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. extends the opportunity to apply for the 2019 academic, music, art and education scholarships (Male students may only apply for the art and music scholarship).  These scholarship opportunities are offered for 12th grade students from Philadelphia High Schools, Charter High Schools or Catholic High Schools who plan on attending a 4-year college or university.  Last year, over $20,000. in scholarships was awarded.   

Applications must be completed and returned to the chair of the scholarship committee by April 1, 2019.  Details are available at   Please stop and see Ms. Runyen in guidance for more details and the Mildred B. Dudley Scholarship Application.  

The Urquhart Memorial Foundation 

Attention Philadelphia High School Seniors, apply for the Urquhart Memorial Foundation Scholarship. You must be African American, been accepted to a 4-year college or university in the state of PA for the Fall of 2019, possess at least a C+ or 2.5 GPA, can prove that you are financially deserving and have been involved in extracurricular and/or community service.  Please visit and click on "download the UMF Scholarship Application" for details and instructions.  Deadline is March 31.  

The Tax Ladies

Attention Seniors, The Tax Ladies are pleased to offer a total of five (5) scholarships this academic year. This is a one time (non-renewable) award of $200. and will be awarded to a worthy student who is interested in continuing their academic endeavors through higher education.  Applications must be received or postmarked by Monday, April 30, 2019.  Please visit for the application and more information.  

 American Heritage Credit Union

American Heritage Credit Union is offering twenty five $1000. college scholarships to deserving high school seniors who will be attending a post-secondary institution in the 2019-2020 academic year.  Please visit the link below for the application, criteria as well as additional information

Applications are due by March 18, 2019

Viriva Scholarship Program

Viriva Community Credit Union is hosting their annual scholarship contest.  The 2019 Scholarship contest is now open. Submit either a video or written essay on an approved topic to enter. The application deadline is March 4, 2019. Please visit for more information and to fill out an application.

House Scholarship Applications Available 

The Pennsylvania House of Representatives' Scholarship Program enhances educational opportunities for eligible students who reside in Pennsylvania. The program provides four-year scholarships to two high school seniors per year. The award is to be used toward the cost of tuition and fees for a four-year program at a college, university or career school in Pennsylvania. Please visit for more information and to fill out an application.  The application deadline is March 1, 2019.  


ELIGIBILITY : Seeking full-time admission to a two-year or four-year college, university or trade/technical school; GPA of at least 2.5 or B-; Resident of public housing, scattered site, housing choice voucher, or receiving subsidized rent through a PHA partner household (verified by the lease) for at least one (1) year.  Please see the bottom of this page for the PHILLY SEEDS SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM application.  

Born with Purpose Scholarships 

Born With Purpose proudly announces its first Laptop Scholarship and annual Book Scholarship, established to assist recipients with completing their work while in college.  Each applicant must currently be a high school senior who will enter the freshman year of college or vocational school during Fall 2019. Scholarship applications are attached as PDF's at the bottom of this page.  Please see your counselor for more information.


Dunkin' Scholarship 


Dunkin' Philadelphia Regional Scholarship Program is proud to announce their 10th annual award.  Dunkin' will be awarding 25 $2,000. scholarships to qualified students.  Applicants must be high school seniors or current undergraduate students who plan to enroll in a part-time or full-time undergraduate course of study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university or vocational school in Fall 2019.  Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of "well-rounded" character: positive academic record, demonstrated leadership, commitment to school and community activities and experience in a work environment.  All applications are due on April 15, 2019.  Applications are available at  


S.C.W. DREAMers Scholarship 

The Arizona Law Offices of Snow, Carpio & Weekley are pleased to offer the S.C.W. DREAMers Scholarship. The Scholarship is open nationwide to those who will be attending college fall semester of 2019. Applicants must be an High School Senior or undergraduate United States DREAMer. Immigrants who meet certain criteria as listed below are referred to as DREAMers as they fill the requirements of the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. This scholarship is judged & awarded primarily on merit & need.  Please visit for more information.  


Career & Technical Education Scholarship

he Career & Technical Scholarship Program is funded through the Horatio Alger Endowment Fund and the generosity of Association Chairman Emeritus and Endowment Fund President Walter Scott, Jr.  Scholarships are awarded to students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their lives who wish to pursue a career or technical education at an accredited non-profit post-secondary institution in the United States.  Please visit for more information and to fill out an application. 



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