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Core Scholars Foundation

  • Core Scholars Foundation
  • 1604 Locust St
  • Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • (267) 507-1690
  • 2003

Program Description

CORE Scholars (College Opportunity Resources for Education) is a federal tax-exempt organization designed to help families get to and through college. In its eighth year, our RISE IDA (Reaching Independence by Saving for Education), is a matched savings program offering low-income families up to an 8:1 match for savings towards postsecondary education expenses. It also provides online financial literacy training (with certificates of completion) for students and parents. In 2018 CORE made 77 awards of $2500 to $4500 to students entering college for a 2 to 4 year degree. Our premier program, Promise, preceded the RISE IDA. Over the past nine years, CORE has awarded over 16,000 Philadelphia students a total of more than $27 million dollars. We have also nurtured student leaders through the CASA program (CORE AmeriCorps Success Ambassadors), a public service fellowship that offered college students a monetary education award following community service.

Success Stories

CORE: How do you feel about the opportunities CORE Scholarship gives to students? PHIM: I think it's probably one of the most helpful resources I've ever come across. Back when I was still in high school there was this mentality that the people who go to college are the ones that can afford it and the people that didn't couldn't afford it. Having this resource and people that advocate for the importance of higher education is really important. I see more people wanting to go to college and doing what they can to make it work, that's really encouraging. Having different resources to help reach that goal is really important. CORE: Any advice for students? PHIM: For students who are in the middle of their studies: Be patient. That's one thing I can really advocate for. Be patient. Things will work out. Don't be afraid to try new things. Do something that makes your happy. Surround yourself with good people that will push you to be the best and will also talk some sense into you.

Services Provided

  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Parent/family services
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 0
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 1000
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing
  • ESL Students


  • Between 50% and 75%

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Graduation: 55%