STEP-UP Academic and Trade School Scholarship

The Step-Up scholarship program provokes an awareness of the creator of a “Self Help Philosophy” by requiring applicants to describe a significant effort initiated by Reverend Leon H. Sullivan and how that same effort might be effectively applied today. Dr. Sullivan once said of his training programs: “there will be special emphasis on helping young people in middle and lower sections of their classes who aspire to college education…” In keeping with that philosophy, the Step-Up scholarship aims to assist students who have recognized their potential for excellence. 

Amount: $1500 (Three (3) )


  1. GPA 2.5 – 3.2 on a scale of 4.0 ( three (3) high school and one (1) undergraduate)
  2. Graduating May/June high school senior or current undergraduate
  3. Philadelphia county resident with a household income of less than $50,000
  4. Acceptance at an accredited college, university or trade school (proof required if selected)

Basis of Selection: Following criteria are taken into consideration

  1. Academic achievement/extracurricular activities
  2. Community service and leadership
  3. An essay on the designated topic
  4. Letters of recommendations

Required Information:

  1. Completed and signed application form
  2. Conditions of Scholarship Award form
  3. School transcript (Note: Applicants must meet the GPA’s specified above)
  4. Identification of community activities, awards/recognition or jobs last two (2) years
  5. Minimum three (3) letters of recommendation from any of these sources
    • Community service organization
    • Family or friend
    • Extracurricular activity
  6. Essay: Describe a significant effort conceived by Rev. Leon H Sullivan and how we can apply it today (Minimum 1000 words)


Deadline: ALL documents must be submitted by mail in a single packet or emailed with all attachments and received by 4/15/2024 for the spring application and 11/15/2024 for the fall application. All documents in the packet become the property of Leon H. Sullivan Charitable Trust and will not be returned.

*Children of Trustees (active or inactive) are not eligible for this scholarship.