The Mayor's Scholarship
Mayor's Scholarship Questions and Answers
Who is eligible to receive the Mayor’s Scholarship?
The Mayor’s Scholarship is available to Philadelphia residents who attend high school in Philadelphia or one of its contiguous counties (Bucks, Delaware, or Montgomery), and who apply for admission and financial aid.
How are Mayor’s Scholars selected?
Once admitted, the Student Financial Services office will determine each student’s financial need, based on submitted financial aid applications and tax returns. If a student demonstrates financial need, he or she will be considered for a Mayor’s Scholarship.
What is the amount of a Mayor’s Scholarship?
The amount of the Scholarship varies, depending on each student’s demonstrated financial need.
Is the Mayor’s Scholarship a one-year grant, or is it renewable?
Mayor’s Scholarships are renewable for upperclass years as long as the recipient continues to demonstrate financial need. Students need to reapply for financial aid each year.
How can I apply for a Mayor’s Scholarship?
Eligible prospective students only need to complete the financial aid process for Prospective Students to be considered.
Is there aid available other than the Mayor's Scholarship?
Yes! Penn meets the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted applicants. Penn's financial aid program makes Penn affordable for students and families from all income levels.
When will the Mayor’s Scholarship winners be announced?
Recipients are notified each year in April.
How can I learn more about admission to the University of Pennsylvania?
Visit the Office of Admissions website at or call 215-989-7507.

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