Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education Foundation
Scholarship Opportunities

The Stephen and Sandy Sheller Scholarship for Women of Tomorrow (WOT) in Philadelphia

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide tuition funding for high school graduates of the WOT in Philadelphia program. This support, funded by Stephen and Sandy Sheller, is intended to provide access to a university education for this special population of students who are academically qualified but may not be able to pursue a post-secondary degree without the financial benefit of this scholarship award.


  • Graduate of the WOT in Philadelphia program
  • Enrolled as a full-time student for fall 2017 at one of the 14 State System universities
  • Pursuing an undergraduate degree.
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Demonstrated financial need based on analysis from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Number of Awards and Amount Awarded

  • A total of ten thousand dollars will be awarded to successful applicants for the 2017 fall semester. Applicants should indicate the amount of funds they are requesting. Requests from $500-$2,000 per applicant for fall 2017 will be considered.

Applicant Requirements

  • Complete the Stephen and Sandy Sheller Scholarship for Women of Tomorrow in Philadelphia Application.
  • Include an essay of approximately 500 words (maximum 750) on the following: Why are you a good candidate to receive this award?
  • Submit an official high school transcript with the application packet.
  • Provide proof of completion for the WOT in Philadelphia program.
  • Include a letter of recommendation from your WOT mentor.
  • Completed application, essay and official transcript must be postmarked no later than April 14, 2017 and mailed to: 

    PA State System Foundation
    Attn:  Eileen Showers
    2986 North 2nd Street
    Harrisburg, PA  17110

Recipient Requirements

  • Send a thank you note to Mr. and Mrs. Sheller via the PA State System Foundation
  • Attend the PA State System Foundation Scholarship Donor Appreciation Luncheon

Selection Procedure

The Scholarship Committee is comprised of representatives from the PA State System Foundation, the Office of the Chancellor and the WOT in Philadelphia program.  All scholarship recipients and their universities will be notified of their awards. Unsuccessful applicants will also receive notification.