The PAL Scholarship Foundation supports nearly 200 youth annually!
The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia’s Scholarship Foundation awards annually-renewable $1,000 scholarships to deserving PAL participants pursing higher education.
The PAL Scholarship Foundation is supported primarily through generous corporate and individual contributions as well as grants from other not-for-profit foundations, schools, colleges, and universities.
The Police Athletic League of Philadelphia Scholarship Foundation was formed April 1, 1988 for the purpose of providing college scholarships to eligible Police Athletic League of Philadelphia (PAL) youngsters from various Philadelphia neighborhoods, enrolled in two or four year degree programs or full-time accredited trade programs. Trade school and college-bound youngsters are required to reapply each year for the period they are attending college. Eligibility and need are determined based upon Board designated criteria. The PAL Scholarship Foundation is supported primarily through corporate and individual contributions as well as grants from other not-for-profit foundations, schools, colleges, and universities.
Eligibility and need are determined based upon Scholarship Foundation Board designated criteria. Candidates must submit a scholarship application, available at all PAL centers (see Center Locations). In addition to personal and academic accomplishments, applicants are evaluated on their PAL involvement including sportsmanship, length of membership, participation, leadership and initiative. Scholarship recipients must also demonstrate financial need. Need scores are determined by a third-party financial aid officer in accordance with PHEAA standards.
Trade school and college-bound youngsters are required to reapply each year for the period that they are attending school full-time. The PAL Scholarship is available for eight (8) semesters within a six (6) year period.
Among my biggest fans is my PAL officer, Cedric Jones. Officer Jones has been a primary source of encouragement and has supported me from the first day we met inside the PAL gym at 59th and Elmwood. Whether it was convincing me to learn how to play ping pong, listening as I made the decision to attend Duke, or offering pre-and post-game advice… he has become a mentor, a parental figure, a role model, and a friend, just as many other PAL Officers have done for thousands of kids throughout Philadelphia.
Officer Ernie is a great mentor to everyone in the center. He has truly supported my every endeavor…. from helping me pick out a dress at the Cozen Prom boutique, to teaching me the fundamentals of indoor soccer. He is an inspiration to all of us Rizzo PAL kids, and has helped me realize my own potential through sports, educational programs like mock trial, and the Positive Images service learning and mentoring program.
It is a privilege to serve on the Board of Directors for PAL. As a member of the Philadelphia business and media community, I feel an obligation to give back to the community I serve. PAL allows me the opportunity to impact the lives of children in the area by helping to provide them with a safe haven after school and in the summer. The PAL officers and staff provide scholastic and athletic development, but even more importantly, they offer the self esteem boosts and the positive role models children need to thrive.