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CSFP is a privately-funded program whose mission is to provide children from low-income Philadelphia families with financial access to quality, safe, K-8th grade, tuition-based schools, thereby increasing their long-term economic and social success. CSFP grants need-based scholarships to children from low-income Philadelphia families, all of which are awarded by random lottery.
Thousands of low-income Philadelphia parents are desperate to provide their children with high quality, safe, K-8th grade schools. Demand has increased over the last several years, as we have seen increased school closures and failing schools. In spring 2013, CSFP had to turn away more than 8,000 children seeking better educational opportunities.
CSFP has awarded over 12,500 scholarships from 125,000 applications in the last thirteen years. CSFP scholarships allow the families to choose the school that best suits their children's needs. Learn how our program works for the 4,500 children that currently have a CSFP scholarship to attend a private, parochial, or other tuition-based community school.
CSFP alumni, who leave our program in 8th grade, graduate high school prepared and on-time, at rates greater than 96% and approximately 90% go on to post-secondary school. Their peers at Philadelphia public schools, however, have an average on-time graduation rate of 55% (for males it is 49%). the Greater Philadelphia area's 1.2 million dropouts from the class of 2000 will cost the federal government $60 billion in lost tax revenue over the students' lifetimes.
CSFP’s Competitive Edge: A proven, efficient, and effective program.
- No other program in Pennsylvania so widely addresses the scholarship needs of K-8th graders, a crucial age for building academic and social skills.
- Four-year scholarships to ensure long-term success and continuity.
- Scholarships are awarded up to three children in a family.
- The most broad-based and diverse program--scholarships follow the children.
- All CSFP scholarships are need-based, awarded by random lottery and not just to those in the top of their class.
- Gifts are highly leveraged--All individual and foundation donations are restricted to scholarship, matched by CSF National, and are further leveraged since all scholarship families must co-contribute a minimum of $500 towards their child's tuition.
- The per-year average scholarship amounts of our four-year scholarships are much higher than other local nonprofits (that are also only typically given for one year).
- CSFP focuses on the low-income population (84% of CSFP youngsters are eligible for free or reduced lunch at school), giving children with fewer resources more opportunities for quality education.