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Villanova University Partners with Philadelphia Futures

Villanova University Partners with Philadelphia Futures

VILLANOVA, Pa.—Villanova University has been named an official college partner of Philadelphia Futures, becoming the organization’s 12th and newest member. Through this partnership, starting this fall a cohort of three Philadelphia Futures students each year will receive a full scholarship to attend Villanova—including tuition, room and board, books and fees—growing to a total of 12 students enrolled at the University annually. Villanova will also provide its Philadelphia Futures Scholars with the academic, social and professional development support to ensure success. This new program was made possible, in part, by a generous gift from the Lenfest Foundation, which has a mission to provide young people in Philadelphia with the education, knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to lead fulfilling and productive lives.

“Serving a diverse student population and increasing access to a Villanova education for first generation, low-income students is foundational to the University’s mission and identity,” said the Rev. Peter M. Donohue, OSA, PhD, Villanova University President. “We are excited to partner with Philadelphia Futures and welcome these students to our Villanova community.”

“Villanova is our 12th College Partner, paving the way for more of our students to attend a college that is the right academic, social, and financial fit,” said Philadelphia Futures Executive Director Sara Woods. “We are grateful to Villanova University for their significant investment in our scholars and their commitment to our mission.”

In addition to providing students with a full scholarship, Villanova will support the expansion of academic and social support services for its Philadelphia Futures Scholars, as well as stipends to study abroad, conduct independent research and participate in other experiential learning opportunities. The University’s Center for Access, Success and Achievement (CASA) will provide these students with assistance at every step of their college journey—from the summer before they enroll at Villanova until they graduate. CASA is a home at Villanova for services and programs to support underrepresented, first generation, and Pell-eligible students, providing them with tutoring and mentoring as well as academic and personal support.

“Everyone at Villanova is beyond excited to officially partner with Philadelphia Futures – whose mission is aligned and embedded in our work in admission and why our University was founded. We will benefit greatly from Futures students joining our campus community,” said Michael Gaynor, Director of University Admission at Villanova University and a former Philadelphia Futures mentor.

About Philadelphia Futures: Philadelphia Futures provides Philadelphia’s low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college. Philadelphia Futures seeks to transform lives by breaking down the barriers that have historically excluded low-income, first-generation-to-college students from achieving college success. Through its direct service programs, Sponsor-a-Scholar (SAS) and College Connection, the organization annually provides over 500 high school and college students with academic enrichment, personalized college guidance, placement and retention services and financial resources. Through its other services and resources, including its Step Up to College Guide, Outreach Futures and the Charles E. Ellis Trust for Girls, Philadelphia Futures provides college guidance and financial resources to students throughout the City. Philadelphia Futures can be found online at

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges—the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Ranked among the nation’s top universities, Villanova supports its students’ intellectual growth and prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit