Above: Mayor Jim Kenney poses with a family at the CSFP Application Launch. Photo credit – AMP Studios
PHILADELPHIA- Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (CSFP) released applications to its random lottery for need-based, K-8th grade scholarships for Philadelphia children on September 14. The organization opened applications at simultaneous events at six neighborhood recreation centers, libraries, and community centers across the city. CSFP will award 2,000 new, four-year scholarships to children from low-income families to use starting in September 2020.
Crowds of eager parents and children joined CSFP staff, and families to celebrate the application launch. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney was on site to greet the crowd and make remarks.
“We enjoyed celebrating our Application Launch at sites all over the city after positive feedback from families about the new, localized approach last year. Hundreds of families came out and we encourage others throughout the city to continue applying to CSFP’s lottery for partial, K-8th grade scholarships,” said Jim Robinson, CSFP interim Executive Director. “All students, regardless of their zip code or family income, deserve access to a quality education and we are thrilled to help create that access with 2,000 new scholarships this year.”
State Senator Sharif Street also stopped by the event. This year’s Application Launch is made possible in part by NRG. The energy provider will also support CSFP’s Lottery Day Celebration in December.
“CSFP makes a meaningful difference in the lives of thousands of families every year, which is why NRG is grateful to support them.” said Mike Starck, VP and General Manager, NRG Retail East. “Supporting the communities where our customers and employees live and work is a cornerstone of our business. We were so excited to see all those smiling faces at the launch.”
All new CSFP scholarships will be awarded through a random lottery, are four years in length, need-based, and can be provided to a family as a whole for up to three children. Applications are available online at csfphiladelphia.org through March 1. CSFP holds a priority deadline of November 15, 2019, and a final deadline of March 1, 2020.