For the first time, the scholarships will support every student through 8th grade.
Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (CSFP) opened its 2023 – 2024 application season with several major changes that will benefit Philadelphia families. New this year, the program includes a minimum scholarship award which will increase the dollar amount provided to most families, updated maximum income guidelines to allow more families to qualify for scholarships, and no longer has a four-year limit.
The application launch coincides with the kick-off of CSFP’s Breaking Barriers Campaign, a historic $100 million fundraising effort aimed at increasing the total number of students receiving scholarships annually to 7,700 by 2027.
Starting in the 2023-2024 school year, all students who win the lottery will receive scholarships through 8th grade and no student will receive less than $1,200 per year. More than 80 percent of families will receive the same scholarship amount or more as the organization pivots to a tiered system of $1,200, $2,400, and $3,200 per student, per year as determined by need.
Finally, in order for all CSFP students to receive support through the completion of 8th grade, the organization removed the existing four-year limit on scholarships.
“This is a monumental year for CSFP,” said Keisha Jordan, president and CEO at Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia. “As we look to the future, we are proud to maintain or increase the amount awarded for most families and remove our four-year limit to commit to supporting students all the way through 8th grade. All of these efforts would not be possible without the launch of the Breaking Barriers Campaign, which will ensure that our programmatic enhancements continue to improve and grow. By raising $100 million, we will enable more students to achieve the amazing outcomes experienced by students who stay in their CSFP partner schools through 8th grade, and ensure more Philadelphia families have access to safe, quality educational opportunities regardless of their zip code.”
Applications for need-based, K-8th grade scholarships for Philadelphia families are open through March 1 and are available at www.csfphiladelphia.org/scholarships. CSFP scholarships are awarded through a random lottery and are available for up to three children per family.
Applications received by November 15 will be entered into a December lottery. CSFP encourages parents and guardians to take advantage of the priority deadline, which provides the greatest likelihood of receiving a scholarship. All other applications will be selected in a March lottery.
For more information about CSFP, please visit: www.csfphiladelphia.org.