UNDERGRAD SCHOLARSHIPS

You may be closer to a scholarship at Philadelphia University than you think. As you’ll see below, we offer many scholarships, some awarded before you start as a freshman and others available to current students based on success after their first year. Investigate these opportunities that help to make a Philadelphia University education more affordable.

Merit Awards for Freshman and Transfers
Merit scholarships and grants reward students for their academic success before attending Philadelphia University. Without regard to your financial need, these scholarships are awarded to new freshmen based on cumulative high school GPA and SAT or ACT scores. Freshmen scholarships range from $4,000 to $15,000 and are renewable for up to four years as a full-time student as long as your academic progress is satisfactory. Transfer students can also receive merit awards on the basis of all previous college level work. Transfer awards range from $4,500 to $9,000 per year. All scholarships are renewable each year of full-time attendance provided you meet GPA requirements associated with the merit awards.

To determine if you are eligible for one of these awards, please complete the Merit Award Card or contact the Office of Admissions at: 1.800.951.7287 or 215.951.2800.

Athletic Scholarships
Athletic scholarships are available in all varsity sports. The number of scholarships, the requirements, standards and awards are set by Philadelphia University and by NCAA regulations for men’s and women’s varsity sports. Email Athletics@PhilaU.edu for further information.

New Economy Technology Scholarship Program: The State of Pennsylvania has established a scholarship for students majoring in science or technology. The students must be in their sophomore year of college, be a Pennsylvania resident, and have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average at the time of application. Students must also promise to work in Pennsylvania upon graduation, in their chosen major, or the scholarship reverts to a loan. For more information about the scholarship, contact PHEAA at 1-800-692-7392.

The American Opportunity Tax Credit: The American Opportunity Tax Credit offsets the cost of tuition, fees, course-related books, supplies, and equipment for higher education by reducing the amount of income tax you are liable for.  In addition, the credit is partially refundable- meaning that you may be able to claim the tax credit and receive a check form the IRS even if you owe no income tax! The amount of the credit can be up to $2500 per student and income restrictions apply.  For more information contact the Internal Revenue Service at www.irs.gov.

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Endowed and Gift Scholarships:

Each year the University receives funds for a limited number of scholarships for eligible students. Although donors may place some restrictions on these funds, academic achievement and need are the primary factors to be considered in determining scholarship eligibility. However, a limited number of scholarships are based solely on academic excellence. To be considered for a scholarship, upperclass students must maintain a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average and pass at least 24 credits to renew their scholarship. A separate application for these scholarships, other than FAFSA, is not required.
Scholarships include: 

Marianne Able Scholarship: established in memory of a former director of Career Services to help a needy junior or senior dedicated to completing his/her education.

Joel M. Alperin Scholarship: to apparel management majors who need financial assistance.

Alumni Scholarship: to deserving students in any curriculum.

American Apparel Manufacturers Association: to freshman students studying Fashion Industry Management.

Phyllis Armon Memorial Scholarship: to a textile design major in need of financial assistance.

Association for Contract Textiles Scholarship: to a needy junior or senior studying textile design with at least a 3.0 grade point average.

Thomas  M. Bagley ‘90 Scholarship: Awarded to a needy, male student studying Fashion Design from the Greater Philadel­phia Region.

Dorothy Bechtel Scholarship Award for Design Excellence: For deserving students pursuing a degree in either Fashion Design or Interior Design who have completed sixty (60) credits toward their degree.

Benjamin Bellemere Scholarship: to a student who is a member of the Phi Psi fraternity and demonstrates financial need.

The Bethlehem Construction Corp./Wolanin Companies Ltd./Wolanin Family/PrivateSky® Aviation Scholarship: This scholarship, established by Vincent M. Wolanin and Gregory M. Wolanin, is made in memory of their father Vincent J. Wolanin, a Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Officer who died suddenly while they were young, and also in tribute to their mother, Julia Solecki Wolanin, who raised them both through difficult times. Vincent (1969) and Gregory (1974) both are graduates of Philadelphia University.

This Scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need, as determined by the University's financial aid office, and who also demonstrates excellence in athletics and/or excellence in, architecture, marketing or management, chemistry, computer science. Special preference will be given to a student meeting the above criteria or one who is a relative or employee of Wolanin Companies Ltd. (or any of its affiliates) and to any student who may have suffered the unexpected, sudden or accidental death of a parent. You may visit the Wolanin Companies Ltd. website at www.wolanin.com.

 Richard Bleiler Memorial Scholarship: to a deserving student.

Bobbin Publications Scholarship: to a student in Fashion Industry Management.

Kenneth H. Boydell Scholarship: to a deserving textile student in need of financial assistance.

Richard H. Brautigam Scholarship: For a deserving undergraduate who demonstrates a strong determination to succeed.

Benett Breger Scholarship: to a junior textile student with a 3.0 grade point average and financial need. Established by SRS Textiles, Inc. and the Young Menswear Association.

Dr. William H. Brendley Award: scholarship to be awarded annually to the top student in Environmental Science.

Burlington Industries Scholarship: Established to provide support to dependents of employees of International Textile Group. If there are no eligible students, then students from North Carolina, South Carolina or Virginia who are studying Textile Design, Textile Engineering Technology, Fashion Industry Management, Fashion Design or Fashion Merchandising will be considered. 

Carolina Alumni Scholarship: For a deserving student from North or South Carolina studying Fashion Industry Management, Fashion Design, Textile Design or Textile Engineering Technology.

Joseph Catagnus ‘84 Scholarship: Awarded to a needy student. Preference to a visually impaired student or to a veteran.

Charming Shoppes, Inc. Scholarship Award for Academic Excellence: to a senior with a 3.0 grade point average and demonstrated financial need, majoring in accounting, apparel, design, finance, marketing or textiles.

Bert Cohen Memorial Scholarship: to a textile student who demonstrates financial need. 

Howard C. Cole Memorial Scholarship Fund: to a student enrolled in textile engineering.

Ed Combs Memorial Scholarship: preference is given to the employees of Levi Strauss & Company International Group and their children.

John and Tara Couch Scholarship: Awarded to a needy student with a 3.0 GPA.

Edward M. Copeland Memorial Scholarship: to a soccer player, based on need; first priority is given to a Delaware Valley resident.

Emily M. Crane Scholarship: to a deserving student in any major.

Cranston Foundation Scholarship: to a deserving student in any major.

Gerda and Frederick Cundell Scholarship: For deserv­ing student in the Pre-med program.

Degenstein Foundation Endowed Scholarship: an endowed scholarship established to assist students who are residents of central Pennsylvania.

Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Consortium Scholarship: to a deserving engineering student.

Dining Services Scholarship: for a student who has a 3.0 grade point average and has been employed by Dining Services for at least two semesters and plans to work there in the upcoming academic year.

William N. Doniger Scholarship: to a deserving student in any major.

Downs Scholarship: to a freshman student from the Philadelphia area who graduated in the top 20 percent of his/her high school class and whose SAT scores placed the student in the top 25 percent of those taking the test. The student must also take some textile courses.

Echo Design Group Award for Excellence: to a student with 80 or more credits studying fashion design or textile design.

Philip Elkin Memorial Gift Scholarship Fund: to a deserving business student.

Fashion Design for Parkinson's Scholarship:  for an eligible fashion design student.

Fashion Group International-Libby Haynes Hyman Scholarship: Established in memory of Libby Haynes Hyman to acknowledge her many contributions to the fashion industry and to fashion design education. For students studying Fashion Design, Textile Design, Fashion Industry, Management or Fashion Merchandising and to encourage talented and highly-motivated students to pursue a career in the fashion industry.

Fashion Industry Association Scholarship: for a student majoring in fashion.

Fifth & Pacific Foundation Scholarship: was established in 1991 by the former Liz Claiborne Foundation in honor of the contributions Arthur Ortenberg and Elisabeth Claiborne made to both business and society.  The Fifth & Pacific Foundation Scholarship is awarded to a deserving minority student from an urban community who maintains a 3.0 grade point average, achieved at least a B+ high school grade average, and who is enrolled in either apparel management, fashion design, textile design, textile engineering or textile technology.

 Irving Fishon Memorial Foundation Scholarship: to worthy apparel management students.

Fred Fortess Textile/Apparel Scholarship: a merit-based scholarship awarded to needy students in the areas of apparel and textile engineering.

E.W. and A.W. France Scholarship: to a deserving textile student.

Pearl and Murray Frumkin Scholarship: established by the Textile Veterans Association; to a sophomore who demonstrates financial need and outstanding scholarship.

James P. and Anne M. Gallagher Family Scholarship Fund: For a well-deserving student with significant financial need.

Gerber Family Scholarship: to assist needy students who are studying abroad.

Harold C. Gift Scholarship: to a graduating senior from the Reading Area Senior High School in Reading, Pa.

Clifford M. Gilpin Award for Academic Excellence in Textile Studies: For a student enrolled in Textile Engineering, Textile Technology or Textile Design. Special preference shall be given to candidates in the Textile Engineering Program. Additionally, the award recipient shall have a grade point average of at least 3.5 and will be expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen career field, as well as involvement with an appropriate professional organization. 

Dr. Nancy S. Goldsmith Memorial Scholarship: For registered nurses enrolled in the B.S. for Registered Nurses or Health Services Management program who have at least a 3.0 G.P.A. and a commitment to a career in the allied health services.

Richard Goldstein Memorial Scholarship: For students with financial need, starting in their freshman year through graduation, maintaining a 3.0 grade point average in textile-related field.

Dr. Herman Goldstine Award: will be awarded annually to the architecture student who has presented the best Thesis. Candidates for the award will be those students who are in their final semester (spring semester of the fifth year of study).

Peggy Goutmann Scholarship: For junior, senior or master's level students majoring in textiles.

Julia M. Granby Scholarship: For students studying either Textile Design or Fashion Design.

Billy Harris Scholarship: named in memory of Billy Harris ’74, the scholarship is given to students with financial need who demonstrate academic achievement, leadership skills and athletic ability. l

Bucky and Lorraine Harris Scholarship: The Bucky and Lorraine Harris Scholarship has been established as an endowed scholarship under the guidance of the founding committee members and the University Development Office.Selected students will have attained at least a sophomore status at the University, be involved with the Department of Athletics through Recreation, office assistance, or work study, but NOT be a member of an intercollegiate program and will be used to assist in the management of the campus fitness center, along with assisting the facility Director in daily building operations

Irene Hervey Scholarship: to a textile major who demonstrates financial need.

H. Newlin Hill Memorial Scholarship: to students enrolled in textile majors who demonstrate financial need. First consideration given to a dependent of Asten-Hill Company employees.

Home Furnishings Association of the Delaware Valley Scholarships: to students majoring in interior design who demonstrate need.

Larry Karlin Scholarship: for an economically disadvantaged male and female undergraduate student in their junior year, majoring in a textile related field, without regard to grade point average, and who has successfully completed the Global Leadership Program (GLP).  In those years when students cannot be identified as having successfully completed the Global Leadership Program, the GLP selection criteria can be temporarily suspended so that the funds can be allocated to a student(s) who meet the other selection criteria.

John J. Kaufmann Memorial Scholarship: to a freshman enrolled in a textile major.

Keystone Weaving Mills Scholarship: For a deserving student enrolled in a textile, apparel or fashion design degree program who is at least at sophomore level, demonstrates financial need, and has a 3.0 GPA.

Boris Kroll Scholarship: to a student enrolled in textile design.

Roger LaViale Scholarship: to assist Philadelphia University students studying in Scotland at Heriot-Watt.

Levi Strauss/YMA Scholarship: For graduate-level textile and apparel students.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Levison Scholarship Fund: to a deserving student enrolled in any degree-seeking curriculum.

Dr. George A. Linton Trust: to a student enrolled in a textile major who demonstrates financial need.

Steven Gary Litchman Memorial Scholarship: to a deserving student majoring in textiles.

Lockyer Family Scholarship: Awarded to a needy student from the greater Philadelphia region.

Christopher K. McHugh Scholarship: for a deserving undergraduate student in their junior year who has demonstrated financial need and a strong determination to succeed.

Memorial Scholarship: for a deserving student.

William Joseph Milowitz Scholarship: to deserving and underprivileged students who meet the academic requirements of the University.

Kristine A. Minnick Scholarship: to a deserving Physician's Assistant student in the fifth year of school with a minimum 3.3 GPA and need.  Applications are to be submitted to the Physician's Assistant Program Director. 

Miscellaneous Endowed Scholarship:  for deserving students in any curriculum.

Michael and Evelyn Mutolese Scholarship: for a student who is has financial need and is studying textiles, apparel or fashion merchandising.

Ruth and Morris Nissman Scholarship: for a deserving U.S. citizen, without regard to major, who demonstrates creativity (in any discipline) and empathy for others. Special consideration will be given to a student who has challenges to overcome and demonstrates the resolve to build a better world. The scholarship will be effective beginning in the student’s freshman year and will continue into succeeding years, if the recipient continues to maintain a G.P.A. above 2.5 and demonstrates a commitment to creating understanding within the University and broader community.

Office Depot Scholarship: for deserving students in any curriculum.

Philadelphia Men’s and Boy’s Apparel Association Scholarship: to a graduate student in apparel.

Philadelphia Textile Association Scholarship: to a student who is majoring in one of the textile fields. Preference is given to a Philadelphia-area resident.

Philadelphia Wool and Textile Association Award: For a deserving textile student with 60 or more credits, who demonstrates need and is actively involved with a campus-based or community-based service organization.

Harry Reimer Scholarship: to a well-deserving student in any curriculum.

The Arthur B. Robertshaw Jr. Scholarship: For junior or senior-level students studying textiles.

Rockin' Christmas Endowed Scholarship Fund: Awarded to a student who has displayed high levels of excellence in academics and athletics, and/or math, science, music, chemis­try, biology or architecture, and/or who lost a parent due to illness or sudden death. Preference is given to residents of Lee County, Florida. 

Harold Ronson Scholarship: For deserving students in any curriculum.

Arthur Salaman Scholarship: For a deserving student athlete with financial need and a 3.0 grade point average.

Schlesinger Scholarship: to a student in any curriculum.

The Schwab Family Scholarship: Awarded to a junior Fashion Merchandising or Fashion Industry Management student with a 3.0 G.P.A.

Thomas R. Shirley, Sr. Scholarship: Awarded to a needy student with a 3.0 GPA from the Roxborough, Manayunk or East Falls section of Philadelphia. 

John Sichel Memorial Scholarship: to a deserving student in any area of study.

Allen Sirkin Scholarship: to a student with need enrolled in fashion industry, retailing or textiles.

Richard D. Smith Memorial Scholarship: to a student enrolled in a textile major.

W.W. Smith Charitable Trust: to academically qualified students from middle-income families who are usually not eligible for federal and state grant assistance.

Arthur Sobel Scholarship: to deserving students enrolled in the textile design, engineering or chemistry programs.

Steel Heddle Manufacturing Company Scholarship: to students who are academically qualified and majoring in textile engineering or textile management and marketing, and are residents of Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Virginia.

John L. Steen Scholarship/ Fellowship: For a U.S. citizen who is a full-time undergraduate student majoring in Textile Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering with a minor in Textile Engineering, Textile Technology, Textile Design, or Textile Management and Marketing (must be a concentration in either apparel, fabric development, quality assurance or textile production). The Steen Scholarship for undergraduate students will be effective beginning in the student’s sophomore year and continue into succeeding years if the recipient maintains a grade point average above 3.0 (grading scale 4.0) and demonstrates a commitment to their chosen career field. In the event that an undergraduate student is not available, the John L. Steen Graduate Fellowship must be awarded to a U.S. citizen who is a full-time graduate student majoring in Textile Engineering. The Steen Fellowship will continue into succeeding years if the recipient maintains a grade point average above 3.0 (grading scale 4.0) The recipient, either an undergraduate or graduate student, is expected to demonstrate leadership skills and actively participate in community service. In all cases, a resident of the State of New Jersey will be given preference.

Bernard Steur Scholarship: to a textile engineering student with a strong interest in knitting.

The Florence Stewart Endowed Scholarship Fund: Preference to a student with a 3.0 GPA and from Asia, especially from the Republic of Singapore or from the Republic of Indonesia.

Bertram A. Stroock Scholarship: to a deserving student.

Michael T. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship: to deserving students in part-time evening programs, awarded annually.

Textile Distributors Association Scholarship: to students enrolled in textile courses in need of financial assistance.

Textile Veterans Association Scholarship: to a sophomore who demonstrates financial need and outstanding scholarship.

W. Frank Uhlig Scholarship: Preference is given to a student studying in textile and chemistry.

The Under Fashion Club, Inc. Scholarship Award: to a junior-level student to encourage talented fashion design and textile design students to pursue careers related to the intimate apparel segment of the industry.

UPS Scholarship: distributed by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania to a deserving student selected by the University's financial aid office.

Kelly Marie Vogdes Scholarship: established in memory of Kelly Marie Vogdes, who graduated from Philadelphia University in 2001 for students studying Fashion Merchandising and who are graduates of Camden Catholic High School.

Leonard Wallach Scholarship: funded by TSG, Inc. to honor and recognize Mr. Wallach for his many years of dedicated service to TSG and the textile industry. The scholarship recipient will have 60 or more credits, a minimum 3.0 grade point average, be enrolled in a textile program (first preference goes to a textile management and marketing major), and be involved in community service and extracurricular activities.

Frederick Wasson Scholarship: to students in any major.

Jacques Weber Scholarship: For students from the Bloomsburg, Pa., area majoring in a textile-related field, demonstrating academic excellence and financial need.

Martin Weiner Scholarship: preference is given to Korean or other international students.

Joel B. Weinstock Memorial Scholarship: to a management, textile design or interior design major.

Whiteside Gift Scholarship: Based on a combination of financial need and merit, preference will be given to a student enrolled in the School of Business Administration.

J. Byron Wolbach Scholarship: to a student majoring in textile chemistry, textile design, textile engineering or textile technology. First consideration given to a dependent of Lawrence Schiff Silk Mills employees.

William Wood Fund Scholarship: to a student deemed deserving.

Young Menswear Association Scholarship: to students who are pursuing educational courses that will benefit the men’s apparel/textile industry and who have a demonstrated need for financial assistance.

For more information contact:
Office of Financial Aid
ph: 215.951.2940 • email: financialaid@PhilaU.edu
Our federal school code is 003354