Post-Secondary Resources for Students & Alumni
For Summer Search Philly Post-Secondary Students
If you have any questions, email Robert Gannone at firstname.lastname@example.org, or your mentor!
Last update: 10/28/2021
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If you can't find a time that works, let your mentor know.
For HS Graduation Class of 2016 & 2015 Students
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There are many scholarships available and the more you apply for, the more likely you are to get some. Often, you can re-use essays you've written (work smarter, not harder!). If you need a recommendation letter, let your mentor know. For more tips, check out this list.
- Philadelphia Foundation’s page - lots of options here!
- PASSHE Foundation Scholarships: If you attend one of the 14 PASSHE schools (ex: Kutztown, Shippensburg, West Chester, Mansfield), check out the link to see scholarships that are specifically for returning students.
- College Greenlight: search engine for scholarships.
- United Negro College Fund (HBCUs)
- Last Dollar through Philly Ed Fund
- CollegeBoard Scholarship Search
- FinAid Scholarship Website Links
- Fastweb Scholarship Search
- Addition Summer Search Scholarships Links on GoogleSheets
- The Octavius Catto Scholarship for students at the Community College of Philadelphia
- Philly Goes to College Scholarships: PhillyGoes2College.org
- Craig D. Butler Scholarship for Philadelphia area College Students
- Wolf Foundation Scholarship
- School District of Philadelphia Scholarship List: big listing of scholarships!
- School District of Philadelphia Links to Scholarship Sites
- Raise.Me: gives micro-scholarships for specific colleges based on your achievements
- Scholly: an app created by a Drexel alum where you can search tons of scholarships!
- UNIGO - List of Scholarships
- Colleges of Distinction List - List of Current Scholarships with Deadlines
- Amsterdam News scholarship listings
- Colleges Financial Aid Websites - check to see if there are separate application.
- Specific Scholarships include:
- Questbridge: https://www.questbridge.org/high-school-students/national-college-match
- Golden Doors Scholars: https://www.goldendoorscholars.org/
- Jack Kent Cooke: https://www.jkcf.org/our-scholarships/
- Gates Scholarship: https://www.thegatesscholarship.org/scholarship
Mental Health Resources:
- Philly HopeLine: call or text 833-745-4673 to talk to a Masters’ level clinician from Uplift. Available in English and Spanish to all School District of Philadelphia students & families. Hours: Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 8 pm & Holidays: 12 pm – 4 pm
- Crisis Text Line: connect via text or FB Messenger 24/7. Text HOME to 741-741 or click the link to connect on FB Messenger.
- Lifeline Chat: online live chat available 24/7 with counselors to listen and support you through whatever difficult times you may be facing.
- NAMI Philadelphia WARMline: a safe and confidential number to call for resources, support, education and HOPE! 267-687-4381
- Philadelphia Suicide/Crisis Hotline (215) 686-4420
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-8255
- Woebot: free app that checks in on you daily to see how you’re doing and provides helpful coping tools.
- Individual and Family Counseling: https://drexel.edu/cnhp/practices/Individual-Couple-and-Family-Therapy-Services/
- Y Hep Health Center - (available only to youth): https://fight.org/programs/y-hep-health-center/
- Campus Philly Job Listings
- Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance Job Bank of Listings
- Indeed.com – Great job aggregator
- GlassDoor – Search millions of jobs and get the inside scoop on companies with employee reviews, personalized salary tools, and more.
- Summer Search CONNECT – view job listings and connect with other Summer Search Alumni/Professionals
- Google Jobs and Internships: they are always hiring and have internship opportunities - Find out more at the link.
- Deloitte SHINE Associates: for recent college graduates interested in marketing, communications, or public relations.
- City Year: Join a team of young people working in schools across the country to support students and make change.
- Americorps: variety of service year opportunities are available in many different locations and areas. Learn more at the website and explore what could be a good fit for you.
- PA Career Link: State organization that connects people with career preparation and good trade programs. Be sure to register for an account with them, and contact the Philadelphia office. You can also email them at email@example.com
- Job Corps: a free job training program. Check out the Philadelphia Center.
- internX provides highly qualified, pre-screened entry-level talent for the employer and on-ramps to 21st Century quality jobs for the student.
If you need any assistances with internships or jobs, reach out to Robert Gannone at firstname.lastname@example.org
Frequently Asked Questions
A: If your financial aid awards, scholarships and your personal and family contributions do not cover all of your college costs, you will need to find a way to fill the “gap.” Below are strategies for handling college expenses if you have not received sufficient financial aid to cover your costs.
- Appeal your financial aid offer. If your financial offer falls short or your financial situation has changed, request a meeting in person or by phone with a financial aid counselor at the college, or write a letter/email to the financial aid office. First, thank them for their generous financial aid package. Explain that you really want to attend their college, but that right now, there is still a big gap to fill. Ask for your aid package to be reconsidered. Be prepared to explain the reason for your request. Colleges may not have more to give, but it can be worth it to ask!
- Apply for additional scholarships and grants. Application deadlines vary, so do not assume that all deadlines have passed. There are many scholarships with late spring and summer deadlines, and you can continue applying for scholarships throughout college.
- Ask your college if there are payment plan options. Some colleges have payment plans that allow you to pay for your bill in installments throughout the year.
- Explore Federal Work-Study options. If you did not indicate interest in Work-Study on your FAFSA or if it does not show up on your award letter, contact the financial aid office to see if you are eligible. Also, ask if your college participates in the Next Steps AmeriCorps Program, which is for Philadelphia high school graduates who participated in a pre-college program. Students engage in community service and serve as mentors. They received Federal Work-Study funds and a financial award for their education.
- Get a part-time job. Search for employment opportunities near your school or home. Remember, however, to keep school your priority.
- Reduce your expenses. Create a budget for yourself and stick to it. This can especially help with lowering lifestyle costs!
- Contact us! If you still need assistance, feel free to reach out to your mentor or Sylvia.
You’re not the first person or the last person to encounter this problem and there are proactive ways to address it. Paying for college can be daunting at times, but you should never give up on your dream to earn that degree because of money!
Here are some Money Management Tips from Summer Search:
• Think about wants vs. needs and remember to save! Once you budget for your necessities, if you have money leftover put some into your savings account for emergencies or the future. Consider it "paying yourself." Keep track of what you're spending, too - there's tons of apps for that or you can use a notebook.
• Have a checking account and savings account. If you are going away from Philly, consider setting up an account with the bank/ATM that's in your college student center or one that is nearby your location. That way you can easily access the bank and avoid some fees. • Beware of credit cards! Don't get one unless you have to. If you do get one: make sure it has a low maximum that is reasonable to pay off (something like $250) • don't charge more to it than you would be able to pay off that month • always pay the minimum payment and try to pay the full amount, otherwise INTEREST accumulates and you can easily get swamped with credit card debt • Before charging something - to a credit card or your school account - ask yourself if you really need it!
• Avoid renting furniture and appliances. The initial cost to rent something from a place like Rent-A-Center may be appealing, but because you then have to pay that monthly and there are fees and interest, it will cost more in the long-run. Only take out what is absolutely necessary to cover your costs with student loans.
If you do need to take loans: • Take the loans that are in your financial aid package first: subsidized loan first, then unsubsidized. Avoid private loans from banks - high interest rates and you have to start paying them back right away usually.