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For Your Professional Development

PCPR Network Meeting (June 17th)

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) in collaboration with the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA), has established a commission on reimagining college admission and financial aid, specifically as it relates to access and racial equity. The work, funded by a generous grant from Lumina Foundation, is underway. Hear updates about the process from Dr. Crystal E. Newby, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at NACAC.

This is the last PCPR network meeting before summer break. Spend some time with friends and colleagues before taking vacation. If there are summer opportunities (for the community and professionally) that are still available ready to share.

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Akil Bello PCPR Meeting Recording

To view the May 2021 Meeting “A Conversation With Akil Bello on the College Admissions Landscape” presentation go to, To access Akil’s Powerpoint go to

FSA Webinar Recordings and Training Materials:

You can find the webinar recordings from this past year on the Financial Aid Toolkit's "Search Financial Aid Tools and Resources" page at (Note: The Toolkit provides school counselors and other college access mentors with information and resources about federal student aid. Please send students and parents to

(Copy and paste the following url in a new browser to see the full FSA email announcement -

For Your Community

Community College of Philadelphia Summer Experiences

Advance at College Experience (ACE)

Experience higher education with Community College of Philadelphia’s summer ACE (Advanced College Experience) program. An opportunity that a student will never forget, ACE provides college-level courses for highly motivated students going into 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grades, as well as students up to age 21 pursuing a high school equivalency credential. We accept public, private, charter, archdiocesan and home-schooled students. Philadelphia residency is not required. Through ACE, you can make new friends, explore a career interest, study timely and relevant issues and earn college credit.

All ACE Summer 2021 courses will be offered online in either synchronous or asynchronous formats. There will be no classroom instruction.

Applications are requested by July 1, 2021. For more details on courses and registration go

Junior STEM Academy 2021 Summer Camp

Hands-on learning and innovative technology experiences await you at Community College of Philadelphia’s Jr. STEM Academy Virtual Summer Camps. Offered through the Division of Access and Community Engagement, the camp combines live instruction and pre-recorded lessons to provide a fun and engaging experience. Two sessions will be offered where campers will create their own version of the International Space Station with Minecraft Education Edition or learn to code their first gaming app with MIT’s App Inventor Studio. Registration deadline is June 28th. Fee is $50 per camp session.

Session 1: July 6, 2021 – July 22, 2021
Session 2: August 3, 2021 – August 20, 2021

Website Link:

Early Scholars: Earn College Credit While You're Still in High School- at No Cost!

If you are a Philadelphia resident entering 11th or 12th grade or under the age of 21 and actively pursuing a GED or high school equivalency credential, you may be eligible to take college courses at Community College of Philadelphia and earn up to 12 credits a year free of charge. You will not pay for tuition, books or fees, and you can choose from a variety of courses. Early Scholars is made possible through the Octavius Catto Scholarship, a partnership with the City of Philadelphia. Early Scholars funding is open to Philadelphia residents only and does not cover ACE courses. For more information please visit our webpage:

Workready is offering a Virtual Summer Internship Toolkit - read more click on this link -

Philadelphia Foundation Scholarships

The Brook J. Lenfest Foundation and Philadelphia Foundation has launched the Lenfest Immensitas Scholars Program for youth in foster care and aging out of foster care, an innovative large-scale initiative designed to increase college graduation among up to 100 Philadelphians annually.

Under Pennsylvania’s Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver Program, tuition and fees for undergraduate degrees at colleges and universities in Pennsylvania are waived for youth in foster care to reduce financial barriers.

Twenty scholars will also be funded, annually, at three additional colleges:
- Five scholars at Penn State University’s main campus
- Five scholars at West Chester University
- Ten scholars at Penn College of Technology, which offers associate degrees.

To read more about the scholarship and the application click on this LINK.

View the Philadelphia Foundation’s list of scholarships at Scholarship deadlines are approaching!

The Octavius Catto Scholarship

A scholarship for Philadelphia residents. “The Octavius Catto Scholarship” #DebtFree college education

RISE Scholarship

The RISE Scholarship is a need-based savings and scholarship program, which offers students scholarship money in exchange for saving $500 of income.Once you hit $500, RISE will match your savings anywhere from $2000-$4000!

View the flyer with additional information here.

Apply for the 2021 RISE Scholarship here:

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