Step-Up Spring Scholarship

May 30, 2025
Awards Available: 3

Scholarship Description

The Step-Up scholarship program provokes an awareness of the creator of a "Self Help Philosophy" by requiring applicants to describe a significant effort initiated by Reverend Leon H. Sullivan and how that same effort might be effectively applied today. Dr. Sullivan once said of his training programs: "there will be special emphasis on helping young people in middle and lower sections of their classes who aspire to college education…" In keeping with that philosophy, the Step-Up scholarship aims to assist students who have recognized their potential for excellence.

Scholarship Details

  • Award amount: $1,500 for three recipients
  • Focuses on applicants with a GPA between 2.5 and 3.2
  • Demonstrate financial need required

Eligibility Criteria

  • GPA between 2.5 and 3.2 for high school and undergraduates
  • Residency in Philadelphia county
  • Household income less than $50,000
  • Accepted into an accredited college, university, or trade school

Application Process

  1. Complete and sign the application form
  2. Submit school transcript confirming specified GPA
  3. Provide identification of community activities, awards, or jobs from the last two years
  4. Obtain at least three letters of recommendation
  5. Write an essay on a significant effort by Rev. Leon H. Sullivan and its relevance today
  6. Submit all documents by mail or email by the deadlines: 4/15 for spring and 11/15 for fall

ALL documents must be submitted by mail in a single packet or emailed with all attachments and received by April 15th for the spring application and November 15th for the fall application. All documents in the packet become the property of Leon H. Sullivan Charitable Trust and will not be returned. Scholarship Search