SOSNA Higher Education Scholarship

In 2013 SOSNA's Community Impact Group created the SOSNA Higher Education Scholarship which provides a neighborhood high school senior with a $1,000 college scholarship. Members of the Community Impact Group review the scholarship applications, interview the candidates, and select the scholarship winner.  The winner will be announced at the annual PlazaPalooza festival in May.

THE APPLICATION PERIOD FOR THE 2017 SOSNA Higher Education Scholarship is now OPEN! Download the application here.


Help us raise $1,000 for our scholarship winner.  It takes a village to raise a child - $5, $10, $20 - everything helps.  Then join us when we award the Scholarship at Plazapalooza at the Grays Ferry Triangle in May.


Eligible students must reside within the SOSNA neighborhood boundaries (the south side of South Street to the north side of Washington Avenue and the west side of Broad Street to the Schuylkill River ), be in their final year of high school, have a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a scale of 4.0 and plan to attend an accredited 2-year or 4-year college in the year following their application. The candidate must write a short essay on his or her college expectations and career goals.

Applications are available at the SOSNA office and onlineApplications are due on or before April 21, 2017- they can be dropped off at the SOSNA Office (1901 Christian Street) or emailed to with the subject heading of "SOSNA Scholarship"

Congratulations to the winner of the 2016 SOSNA Higher Eduacation Scholarship, Maryanne Cosgrove, and the runner-up, Leo Levy!


SOSNA is pleased to announce the recipient and runner up for the 2016 SOSNA Higher Education Scholarship – This year, because we had two highly qualified candidates, SOSNA is also awarding $500 to the runner up. 

The 2016 SOSNA scholarship winner is Maryanne Cosgrove. Maryanne attends Masterman High School, where she is a member and co-President of several choirs, and lead in the High School Musical. She is also a member of state and national honors choruses, interned at Penn’s Department of Chemistry and has volunteered for the past 4 years as a member of YOUTHadelphia, which awards grants to non-profits that support Philadelphia teens. She will be attending Yale College in the fall to study chemistry, and later plans on completing medical school.  


Our runner up, Leo Levy, is a student at the Science Leadership Academy, where he is the Founder and Chief Art Editor of the Academy’s first student arts and literary magazine. He has won awards for his documentary films, and plans to attend Cornell University in the Fall to study the creative arts. 






Congratulations to the winner of the 2015 SOSNA Higher Eduacation Scholarship, Nia Godwin!

Nia attends the Academy at Palumbo, where she is in the Rock Band, Orchestra,  and Musical Honor Society, she’s also a graduating Girl Scout Ambassador, participates in the Partnerships for Achieving Careers in Technology and Science Robotics program at the Franklin Institute, and won first place this year at the James Wilson Moot Court Competition for high school students at Penn Law School!

She will be attending Cabrini College in the Fall, toward a career as a special education teacher.   Congratulations, Nia!





The inaugural scholarship winner was Rabiyah Mujahid, a student at The Philadelphia High School for Creative & Performing Arts, who will be attending Arcadia University. Runners up were Kimberly Navarro from Masterman and Sean Brooks from South Philadelphia High School. Kevin Gray, Community Impact Chair, presented the award during the Plazapalooza celebration in May.