High School Scholarship

Students who attend a School District of Philadelphia public high school or charter high school are considered for a limited number of scholarships for the Penn Summer Prep Program or Summer Academies.

Scholarship students are now required to stay on campus for the program, and have access to:

  • Academic facilities
  • On-campus housing
  • Three meals a day Monday–Friday
  • Two meals on Sunday (no meals Saturday due to excursions/activities)
  • Extracurricular activities and trips
  • Student supervision
  • Gym access (may be available for an additional fee)
  • Linens
  • Laundry

Students should note that the following items are not included:

  • Travel to/from campus at the beginning and end of the program
  • Class materials
  • Meals eaten off campus
  • Medical expenses
  • Souvenirs
  • Personal spending money

See if your school qualifies you for scholarship consideration:


  • Current 9th, 10th, or 11th grade student
  • Philadelphia resident
  • Attend a School District of Philadelphia public or charter high school
  • Minimum 3.3 high school GPA
  • Well-written essays
  • Strong letter of recommendation
  • Demonstrated financial need


Submit an online application for Penn Summer Prep or the Summer Academy of your choice. Follow the application instructions and requirements outlined on our Application Information page.

  • Applicants indicating that they are from the School District of Philadelphia will automatically have the application fee waived.
  • As you complete the online application, when asked if you attend a School District of Philadelphia school, select “Yes” to be considered for the scholarship. Once your application is reviewed, you will receive an email with a survey to complete regarding your financial details and eligibility. Complete and return the form by Mar 15th for scholarship consideration.
  • Scholarship decisions will be released during our admissions release window of April 1 to April 15. During that time, students will find out if they were admitted to the program with a scholarship if they were admitted without a scholarship, waitlisted, or unable to be offered admission to their program of choice.