PHILADELPHIA – Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (CSFP) hosted its annual Lottery Day celebration on Tuesday, surprising hundreds of Philadelphia families with the news that their children were selected to receive four-year, partial K-8th grade scholarships. For the first time, Lottery Day was hosted virtually and included remarks from Keisha Jordan, CSFP Executive Director; Patrick Burke, CSFP Board Chair; and a current CSFP fifth grade student. Following the program, volunteers from across the city called families of scholarship recipients and let them know they had been selected.
CSFP distributes need-based, four-year scholarships by random lottery each year to K-8th grade students, many of whom face barriers to quality education. These scholarships offer hope, opportunity, and a greater chance at success to students by providing financial access to safe, quality schools in the Greater Philadelphia area. CSFP, with its network of more than 160 private and parochial schools, is the most broad-based and diverse K-8th grade scholarship program in the state.
“This year has made it more clear than ever that school is essential to every student’s academic, emotional, and social development.” said CSFP’s Jordan. “At a time when families need more support than ever, Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia is thrilled to be able to provide scholarships to thousands of K-8th grade children across the city.”
The majority of 2021-2022 scholarship winners were selected in this drawing, but applications are still being accepted through March 1. Any applicants not selected in the December lottery will automatically be entered into a final lottery in early March.