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Transformation Scholars Program

La Salle University’s flagship dual-credit program makes it possible for local high school students to earn free college credit over their junior and senior years. La Salle University is pleased to partner with the following high schools for this exciting, free program:

  • Bonner and Prendergast High School
  • Central High School
  • Eastern Academy Charter School
  • La Salle College High School
  • Little Flower High School
  • Mastery Charter School – Pickett Campus
  • Neumann Goretti High School
  • The Philadelphia High School for Girls
  • Roman Catholic High School
  • Science Leadership Academy at Beeber
  • St. Basil Academy
  • Swenson Arts & Technology High School
  • West Catholic Preparatory High School

If your high school is not on this list, please encourage your principal to contact Jean W Landis (215-951-1840/ to discuss how students at your high school can become eligible for the Transformation Scholars program.

Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Students must have at least a 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale and no history of serious disciplinary violations.
  • This program admits cohorts of 15 rising junior students per year, all of whom would qualify as Pell-eligible or first-generation college students.
    • The Pell Grant is generally awarded to students whose families have a total income of up to $50,000, though most Pell Grants are awarded to students whose families have a total income below $20,000. However, other factors are considered, such as total family members in a household, and number of family members in college.
    • A first-generation college student is defined as a student whose parents or guardians have not completed a 4-year college degree.
  • Students will commit to taking one La Salle course in each of the fall and spring semesters of both their junior and senior years (for a total of four courses).
  • There is no cost to the student for the college courses. Eligible students may have the opportunity to receive textbook and travel assistance.


Applications for the Transformation Scholars program will be open March 1 – April 2, 2021.  Current sophomores (rising juniors) who meet the above eligibility requirements should follow this link to fill out an application and submit the following:

  • A current official or unofficial high school transcript which clearly indicates your GPA.
  • A copy of your parent or guardian’s most recent 1040 tax document.
  • A 300 – 500 word essay addressing the question: “What does ‘transformation’ mean to you, and how have you been a catalyst for transformation in your own life?”
  • Transformation Scholar applicants must also arrange for a teacher or counselor to submit a letter of recommendation on their behalf; this letter must be received before the application deadline. Choose a teacher or counselor who knows you well, and can speak to your potential to succeed in a challenging academic program.  The letter should be emailed by your teacher, from his or her school email address, to: