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August 30, 2014, 4:17 am

Grads get over $1M for college

Non-profit helps charter school students move ahead


It’s not quite alchemy, but the works Philadelphia Futures and Truebright Science Academy Charter School have accomplished is nothing short of magic.

Philadelphia Futures — infused with elements from the White-Williams Scholars — will celebrate the academic prowess of 100 of its students: 26 college grads and 72 high school alums who all have been accepted to college.

This will be the first graduation as a result of the White-Williams scholarships last year merging with Philadelphia Futures; overall, 400 Philadelphia Futures students have obtained college degrees. The graduates will be honored on Tuesday, June 5 at 6 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Dr. Wesley Proctor, who serves as a member of Philadelphia Futures’ board of directors, trumpeted White-Williams Scholars and its important legacy. “The financial support I received in high school as a White-Williams Scholar helped build the foundation for my success in life,” said Proctor, “and for this I am truly grateful.”

White-Williams Scholars was first established in 1949, and last year, served more than 1,000 of the most at-risk students in Philadelphia.

Truebright does the same, only with less.

The tiny North Philadelphia school recently announced that its graduating class has received $1.5 million in scholarships, including full rides to Penn State University, Drexel University, University of Maryland and other prestigious schools.

“Despite the city’s minority dropout crisis, 95 percent of Truebright’s 2012 senior class were accepted into post-secondary institutions,” said Bekir Duz, Truebright Science Academy CEO. “All of Truebright’s scholarship recipients distinguished themselves academically during their senior year and all took an active role in the classroom and community.”

In all, 44 Truebright graduates — who will receive their diplomas on Wednesday, June 6 at a ceremony at Temple University’s performing arts center — received scholarship offers totaling $1,454,186.

“These Truebright seniors are exceptional students who will be seeking undergraduate degrees in science, technology, health, education, communications and social work,” Duz said. “This new generation of leaders is prepared to meet the unique challenges of the business world in the decades ahead.”


Contact staff writer Damon C. Williams at (215) 893-5745 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .