Scholarships for Private High School

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Note: This article will be updated as new information becomes available, so check back frequently for scholarship application deadlines for the 2018-19 school year.

Philadelphia is home to over 100 high schools, both public and private. Public schools include both district and charter schools and are free for all Philadelphians to attend. Private schools include private Catholic schools run by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, private religious schools (including religions other than Catholicism), and private secular schools, and require that students pay tuition. While it can be challenging deciding which high school is the best fit for your child, an even greater feat can be paying for school, should you decide to go the private school route. Luckily, there are resources available to help alleviate some of the financial burden. 

GreatPhillySchools, with the help of the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (CSFP), has compiled a list of some of those resources. Use this article to find out which scholarships your student qualifies for and when to apply for them.

To learn more about Philadelphia private schools and other financial aid opportunities available to you, check out our article "Paying for Private School."



Qualifications: income of less than $91,620 (one dependent). For each additional dependent, add $15,270 per child.

Application deadline for the 2017-18 school year: open

Bridge Educational Foundation

Qualifications: Income qualified with the same criteria as the EITC; student resides in the attendance boundaries of a Pennsylvania school with test scores in the bottom 15% percent, as listed by the PA Department of Education; student is enrolled in a school eligible to receive OSTC scholarship students.

Application deadline for the 2017-18 school year: open until the end of June

CEO America Lehigh Valley

Qualifications: student must be currently enrolled in a public school and looking to enroll in a private school; total parent income does not exceed $60,000 annually; student currently resides in Pennsylvania; student is enrolled in grades 2-11; parent must submit documentation of all income sources.

Application deadline for the 2017-18 school year: July 20, 2017

Ellis Trust for Girls

Qualifications: student lives in Philadelphia; student lives in a household where one or both parent is absent, or mentally or physically disabled; student is eligible for reduced-price lunch; have grades “C” or better in major subjects; student can prove dependency status; students’ family does not own property other than their primary home.

Application opens (for the 2018-19 school year): January 1, 2018

Application deadline (for the 2018-19 school year): March 1, 2018

The Howley Foundation

Qualifications: Scholarships can be redeemed at Bonner Prendergast Catholic High School, Cristo Rey High School, John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School, Merion Mercy Academy, Roman Catholic High School, Saint John Neumann and Maria Goretti Catholic High School, St. Joseph’s Preparatory School, and West Catholic Preparatory High School. Students apply for the scholarship through the school. Candidates must demonstrate significant financial need as defined by the financial aid evaluation process currently used by the school; have scores on admissions test/standardized tests to indicate a high probability of success; demonstrate a level of academic achievement; exhibit a high probability of ongoing participation and meaningful contribution in at least one extracurricular activity; demonstrate strong evidence of the family support and the cultural attributes necessary to succeed.

Application deadline for the 2017-18 school year: speak with your school directly

John T. Mitchell Memorial Trust Scholarship

Amount: One (or more) one year scholarships up to $2,000

Qualifications: African American Catholic; at least a cumulative B (or the numerical equivalent) average; financial need as determined by a SmartAid application; between 40 and 80 hours of community service per academic year; attend or desire to attend a Roman Catholic High School.

Application deadline for the 2017-18 school year: closed

Maguire Scholars Program

Amount: $3,000 per year

Qualifications: financial need; family has applied for SmartAid; academic ability; personal growth and development; commitment to community service and extracurricular activity; candidate is attending or going to attend one of the 17 Archdiocese high schools of Philadelphia.

Application deadline for the 2017-18 school year: closed

Officer Daniel Boyle Scholarship Fund

Qualifications: students attending or planning to attend Archbishop Ryan High School, Monsignor Bonner, Cardinal O’Hara, Cardinal Brennan, and Roman Catholic High School

St. Thomas More Alumni Association

Qualifications: To be considered, nominees must be related to or recommended by an STM Alumnus; plan on attending a catholic high school for the 2018-2-18 academic year;  be active in school, sports, or church activities; have a good academic record; be involved in community serve.

Application deadline for the 2017-18 school year: closed

Young Scholars Program

Qualifications: entering 8th grade in the fall of 2017; earned all or mostly A’s since the 6th grade; demonstrated financial need.

Application deadline for the 2017-18 school year: closed