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  • Streamlined Giving: Donor Advised Funds

    A Donor Advised Fund (DAF) is an avenue for donors to connect with nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations like College Possible. DAFs provide a flexible way for donors to pass money through to a charity, which absorbs management of the funds. For donors utilizing a DAF, there are many benefits, including: DAFs can only distribute to 501(c)(3) […]

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  • Growth Through Service: Welcoming Candice Powers to Philadelphia’s Leadership Team

    College Possible Philadelphia is excited to welcome Candice Powers to the leadership team as our new high school program coordinator. Prior to joining College Possible, Candice attended the University of South Alabama where she earned a bachelor’s degree in international relations and a minor in international business. Upon finishing her undergraduate degree, Candice completed two […]

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  • A New College Possible Champion in Philadelphia’s Business Community

    Brian Walsh Jr. joins  College Possible Philadelphia’s board as a Philadelphia native, holding a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Cabrini University. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Brian spent two years working as a police officer in Washington D.C. before transitioning into the financial services sector. After earning a master of business administration with a […]

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  • Chestnut Hill College: Building Bridges to Opportunity for Philadelphia Students

    Earlier this year, Chestnut Hill College became a Bridge partner by committing to serve College Possible students through exclusive events and targeted coaching that exposes them to the opportunities the college offers. We spoke with Director of Admissions, John Solewin, on how Chestnut Hill College will be supporting students this year. What is Chestnut Hill College […]

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  • Discovering Her Passion Through Service

    While completing her bachelor’s degree at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Sarah Barry took a class that exposed her to the realities of unequal funding in education. “It got me really worked up and I wanted to do something about it,” shared Sarah. As she considered her next step after graduation, Sarah began researching […]

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  • Philadelphia’s Landmark Year

    Welcome to a new College Possible Philadelphia academic year. It is a time of all things new – program participants, relationships and team members supporting the college access and success goals of College Possible Philadelphia. During the 19-20 academic year, we are on track to: Serve over 2,000 students with resources and support that helps […]

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  • A New Leader on the College Possible Philadelphia Board

    College Possible Philadelphia is pleased to welcome a new member to our site board. Tony Lopes is Philadelphia native who holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and legal studies from Temple University, a juris doctor from Rutgers University-Camden, and a master of law degree in tax law from Temple University. Currently, Tony works in […]

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  • New Leadership Team Member Spotlight

    This August, College Possible Philadelphia welcomed Armelle Dushime to the leadership team as our College Program Coordinator. Prior to joining to College Possible, Armelle attended Abilene Christian University where she studied international studies, social science and biology and discovered her passion for education and social justice. After completing her undergraduate degree, Armelle moved to Rwanda […]

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  • Planning for the Future – NRG Student Profile: Kheyana Murray

    Throughout the 2018-19 academic year, College Possible Philadelphia is profiling four students thanks to a grant awarded by NRG Gives, a charitable-giving program sponsored by the NRG Retail Charitable Foundation. The grant awarded by NRG Gives will support more students in the greater Philadelphia area get to and persist through to college graduation. Preparing for her […]

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  • College Possible Philadelphia Launch! 2019

    On June 15, College Possible Philadelphia hosted Launch! 2019, an annual end-of-year student celebration for high school juniors and seniors at the Howard Gittis Student Center on Temple University’s campus. Launch! 2019 kicked off with a program featuring remarks from College Possible high school coaches, swag give-a-ways donated from colleges and universities across the country, […]

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  • 5 Things we Learned from Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab

    5 Things We Learned from Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab During College Possible Philadelphia’s Champions for College Completion event on May 16, Executive Director Jen Weikert sat down with event honoree Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab to discuss her work and her perspective on some important topics affecting higher education. Here are five things we learned from their conversation: […]

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  • Champions for College Completion

    On May 16, College Possible Philadelphia hosted its inaugural Champions for College Completion, a cocktail reception celebrating students on their journeys to earning a four-year degree and honoring Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, professor of higher education policy & sociology at Temple University and founder of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice in Philadelphia, as […]

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  • A Girl with Grit

    Genesis Soto, a senior at Murrell Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School, believes that every student has a right to a quality education. Her own educational experiences have shown her that this isn’t always the case. Income and zip code do have an effect on education. Genesis is committed to making a change and […]

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  • Finding Guidance – NRG Student Profile: Mitkumar Patel

    Throughout the 2018-19 academic year, College Possible Philadelphia is profiling four students thanks to a grant awarded by NRG Gives, a charitable-giving program sponsored by the NRG Retail Charitable Foundation. The grant awarded by NRG Gives will support more students in the greater Philadelphia area get to and persist through to college graduation. Throughout his junior […]

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  • Recruiting a New Cohort of College Possible Philadelphia Students

    College Possible Philadelphia is recruiting its next cohort of students in all six of its partner high schools. To be eligible to join the program, students must be sophomores who meet certain income requirements, have a GPA of 2.0 higher and have aspirations of attending a 4-year college or university. “We have been using different […]

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  • Celebrating AmeriCorps in Philadelphia

    Each year, College Possible celebrates AmeriCorps Week – a week designed to acknowledge and honor past and present service members’ commitment to their community. The work that AmeriCorps members do in their communities is invaluable and the sacrifices members make to do this work is admirable. The AmeriCorps experience is incredibly unique; it is simultaneously […]

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  • Youth Today Article Details College Possible’s Success Guiding First-Generation Students

    College Possible Philadelphia was featured in a Youth Today article about assisting students in navigating the college process. The article features College Possible student Camellia Brown, currently a freshman public relations major at Temple University, and her struggle to apply for college as a first-generation student from a low-income background. Over 80 percent of students from […]

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  • Continued FAFSA Support in Philadelphia

    For the third consecutive year, College Possible Philadelphia has partnered with the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) to help students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) during the 2018-19 school year. Through this district-wide FAFSA Completion Challenge, College Possible Philadelphia’s college coaches provide financial aid coaching to seniors at A. Philip Randolph […]

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  • Making Student Access and Success a Priority

    After two years of collaborating with College Possible Philadelphia at the Explore partner level, Millersville University decided to expand its relationship and become a Bridge partner in the summer of 2018. Katy Charles, director of undergraduate admissions, commented on the new level of partnership: “Millersville aims to admit and enroll students who will bring a […]

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  • Introducing New Philadelphia Board Members

    College Possible Philadelphia is pleased to welcome three new members to our growing site board.   Cassandra Bell – Joined September 2018 Cassandra Bell is M&T Bank’s Charitable and Community Relations Manager for the Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey market, a position she has held for the last six years. In this role, she […]

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  • Spotlight on Poverty & Opportunity Article

    College Possible Philadelphia was featured in a Spotlight on Poverty & Opportunity article detailing the challenges and lack of counseling resources students face in Philadelphia public schools. Our coaches are helping students navigate the college process in a district where counselors are hired at a radio of one to every 950 students (the average is […]

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  • Building a Foundation – NRG Student Profile: Hezekiah Grimmage

    Throughout the 2018-19 academic year, College Possible Philadelphia is profiling four students thanks to a grant awarded by NRG Gives, a charitable-giving program sponsored by the NRG Retail Charitable Foundation. The grant awarded by NRG Gives will support more students in the greater Philadelphia area get to and persist through to college graduation. As a senior […]

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  • Photos from a Day of Service

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” In honor of Dr. King, College Possible staff, AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps VISTA members had a day “on” where we served our communities throughout the country. From painting murals in Philadelphia to finishing houses in Milwaukee, College […]

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  • AT&T Aspire College Readiness Night: Engaging Families in Philadelphia

    Engaging families and trusted adults in a student’s college decision making is a key element to the $1 million AT&T Aspire grant to College Possible. The grant will help programs in Minnesota and Pennsylvania, including Penn Wood, Upper Darby and George Washington High Schools. In an effort to connect with students and their families, College […]

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  • Supporting the Journey to Higher Education

    Across the United States, only nine percent of students from low-income backgrounds earn a college degree by the age of 24. This is a statistic College Possible Philadelphia donors, Ken and Linda Romanowski, find problematic and hope to improve. Both Ken and Linda have experienced first-hand the power of earning a college degree, and their […]

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