Philadelphia Resources for Students and Alumni


Per Scholas Philly Students and Alumni,

As we all band together to work through this challenging time, please use this page as a reference guide for supportive opportunities in the Philly community. All of the items here are publicly available resources, not offered by Per Scholas, that you may tap into if applicable. It is your responsibility to read the fine print, do your research and understand the opportunities available.

We know that as Per Scholas students and alumni, you are dedicated to building skills, providing for your family and loved ones and establishing yourselves in fulfilling careers, and we’re dedicated to providing the support you need to facilitate your success during this time.

Internet Access

As you get comfortable with the remote learning and working environment, we wanted to make you aware of the Federal Communication Commission’s newly adopted Keep Americans Connected Pledge. Over 70 companies including the big four wireless carriers (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon) and internet service providers Comcast and Google Fiber have committed to maintaining service and waiving late fees for the next 60 days.

They are also opening additional free WiFi hotspots across the country. More information can be found on the FCC’s website.

Additionally Spectrum is offering opportunities for families to get free WiFi hotspots to help you stay connected.

Comcast has also released an update regarding free Xfinity hotspots and other changes to their policies to support Americans during this time.

In addition, we have rapidly deployed technology to our students, including laptops, webcams and portable wifis. If you still do not feel that you have the technology or connection needed to be successful during this time, please reach out to [email protected].

Housing: Rent, eviction and foreclosure support for residents

Pa.’s highest court says no evictions allowed in April as coronavirus shutdowns lead to record unemployment

Many Philadelphians are in need of free food due to school closures, loss of income, or other challenges caused by COVID-19. In response to this need, City of Philadelphia and partners have developed two ways for residents to find free food.

Supporting Your Neighbors

Volunteer Match

As the world leader in volunteerism, we feel a responsibility to unite our broader community–to use this moment to learn from one another, to grow, and to become stronger. We invite you to visit our resource hub and explore the growing network of #COVID-19 and virtual volunteering opportunities for practical actions you can take today to support your community.”

Remote Work

Working from home: Has coronavirus shown that remote work is the future?

Per Scholas staff have been working closely together to support this transition to remote work and learning and if you have any questions please reach out directly to [email protected].

With respect, appreciation, and care,

Bezawit Mane

Site Director, Per Scholas Philadelphia

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