Philadelphia-area foundation awards scholarships to 12 high school seniors

Paul Kurtz
May 28, 2019 - 3:40 pm
Community College of Philadelphia played host Tuesday to some low-income, high achieving students who've won scholarships that offer, in part, free rides to community colleges.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Community College of Philadelphia played host Tuesday to some low-income, high achieving students who've won scholarships that offer, in part, free rides to community colleges. 

Mastbaum High School senior Nina Gonzalez and her mother came close to giving up on that college dream.    

"I thought I'd have to take a year gap. That was my second option, I was like, I can't do this, I can't pay it off. I come from a low-income family and we have to pay so much. I'm like, I can't," Gonzalez said. 

"I say, I'm not gonna make it. It's a lot," Gonzalez's mother said. 

But Nina's life changed drastically a couple weeks ago when she got word that she was one of 12 students to receive scholarships from the Health Partners Foundation.

"I'm really excited 'cause it's really gonna help a lot for the school I'm going to, Cabrini University," she said, adding that the tuition there is $45,000. 

Foundation president Staci Scott says scholarship winners have two offers from which to choose.

"If they apply for what we call the Community College Connection Scholarship, it will be a full ride to the community college of their choice. The other students will be applying their $12,000 scholarships to colleges or universities here in Pennsylvania," Scott said. 

Those who take the $12,000  scholarship also get a personal check for $1,000 upon graduating.

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CORRECTION: In a previous version of this story, Staci Scott's name was misspelled.