he Police Athletic League of Philadelphia's Scholarship Foundation
awards annually-renewable $1,000 scholarships to deserving PAL participants
pursing higher education.
The PAL Scholarship Foundation is supported primarily through generous
corporate and individual contributions as well as grants from other
not-for-profit foundations, schools, colleges, and universities.
The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia Scholarship Foundation,
an independent 501(c)(3), was formed April 1, 1988 for the purpose
of providing scholarships to eligible PAL members from various Philadelphia
neighborhoods, enrolled in two or four year college degree programs
or full-time accredited trade programs.
Eligibility and need are determined based upon Scholarship Foundation
Board designated criteria.
Candidates must submit a scholarship application, available at
all PAL centers (see
Center Locations). In addition to personal and academic accomplishments,
applicants are evaluated on their PAL involvement including sportsmanship,
length of membership, participation, leadership and initiative.
Scholarship recipients must also demonstrate financial need. Need
scores are determined by a third-party financial aid officer in
accordance with PHEAA standards.
Trade school and college-bound youngsters are required to reapply
each year for the period that they are attending school full-time.
The PAL Scholarship is available for eight (8) semesters within
a six (6) year period.
The PAL Scholarship Program has experienced prosperous growth throughout
the years. It began by awarding a handful of $250 scholarships to
dedicated participants looking to attend college. After the establishment
of the PAL Scholarship Foundation, the program has grown to what
it is today.
- PAL awards an average of 210 scholarships annually.
- Since 1985, PAL has awarded more than $4.5 million to deserving
- More than 500 higher education degrees have been awarded
to PAL Scholarship Recipients since 1999.
- Each $1,000 scholarship is guaranteed for four years.
Donating a PAL Scholarship is one of the most popular and rewarding
methods for individuals, corporations and other organizations to
make a contribution to Philadelphia youth. To discover ways that
you can have such a positive and lasting impact in the life of a
PAL member, please visit the How
to Give page.