The Cecil B. Moore Scholars Program will offer students from North Philadelphia coordinated pre-college preparation, admit students in cohorts for focused campus advising and mentoring, and award scholarships that cover base tuition at Temple. The program is meant exclusively for students living in the eight North Philadelphia zip codes surrounding Temple who attend Philadelphia public (district or charter) high schools.

Students selected for the program will receive pre-college support offered by the Steppingstone Scholars, an educational nonprofit, and Temple, that includes a dual enrollment course at Temple during their senior year of high school and targeted scholarships, which will cover at least base tuition through a combination of scholarships and grants.

Students from Temple’s North Philadelphia neighborhoods attending public high school are eligible for this program.


Students will initially be admitted to a dual enrollment program where 50 students will take a free Temple course in the spring of their senior year of high school. From those 50 students, 20–25 students will be selected to become Cecil B. Moore Scholars and attend a summer bridge program before enrolling as first-year students in the fall.

The program will serve students who reside in the following zip codes in North Philadelphia and attend public (district or charter) high schools in the City of Philadelphia.

  • 19121: Brewerytown, Sharswood, Cecil B. Moore
  • 19122: Yorktown, Ludlow, Olde Kensington
  • 19123: Kensington, Poplar, Northern Liberties
  • 19125: Kensington, Fishtown
  • 19130: Fairmount, Francisville, Spring Garden
  • 19132: Strawberry Mansion, Glenwood
  • 19133: West Kensington, Fairhill
  • 19140: Nicetown-Tioga, Hunting Park, Wyoming


How to Apply

High school seniors should complete a Common Application by Nov. 1 and submit with no application fee by indicating eligibility for a fee waiver. As soon as directed, students must also submit a self-reported high school transcript. More information on how to apply is here.

50 students will be selected for the dual enrollment program by Jan. 10.

All students should complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by Feb. 1.

20–25 students enrolled in the dual enrollment program will be selected to become Cecil B. Moore Scholars by April 1. There is no separate application for the program.

Important Dates

Nov. 1: Deadline for students to submit an Early Action Common Application to Temple and be considered for the Cecil B. Moore Scholars Program.

Jan. 10: Students will be notified by this date if they are invited to join the dual enrollment program.

Feb. 1: Deadline for students to submit the FAFSA for financial aid consideration.

April 1: Students will be notified by this date if they are invited to become a Cecil B. Moore Scholar.

May 1: Students accept or decline their offer to become a Cecil B. Moore Scholar.

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