College Opportunity Resources for Education (CORE) is a federal tax-exempt organization designed to provide Promise scholarships and college prep assistance to high school students. Our scholarships are only applicable to students who reside in Philadelphia, for now.
CORE is a nonprofit initiative designed to unite communities around the goal of ensuring that all of our children have access to college. CORE was formed in September 2003 under the leadership of U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah.
Our premier program, the CORE Promise Scholarship, is the first of its kind in the nation to offer all high school seniors – whether from the public, private, charter or parochial systems – in Philadelphia a unique opportunity to attend selected Pennsylvania colleges and universities. Over the past ten years, CORE has awarded over 23,000 Philadelphia students a total of more than $30 million dollars. Of our original group of CORE Scholars, 51% ultimately graduated from college over six years. This is impressive to say the least in spite of the fact that Philadelphia’s college degree attainment rate is approximately 10% over ten years, according to the student tracking data of the National Student Clearinghouse.
CORE will issue awards based on the amount of dollars available for scholarships.