February 3, 2017

Philadelphia, PA, February 3, 2017 – CORA Services is seeking applications and nominations for two $1,000 scholarships that will benefit local students. This announcement coincides with the end of Catholic Schools Week. CORA appreciates their longstanding partnership with Philadelphia Catholic Schools and is thrilled to be able to help provide another student the opportunity to continue their Catholic education.

The Classroom Champion Award was established almost 10 years ago to assist a deserving “CORA Kid” who has worked to overcome social or academic challenges. CORA has introduced a second opportunity that will benefit a local student leader heading to a parochial or private high school.

CORA’s newest scholarship opportunity, The Peer Helper Award was established to reward an exceptional 8th grade student for their participation in CORA’s Peer Helper Program, which fosters leadership and enables students to mentor younger children and serve as positive role models. CORA Counselors run Peer Helper Programs at 6 area Catholic grade schools, St. Anselm, St. Christopher, St. Martha, St. Matthew, Blessed Trinity and Holy Innocents. Peer Helpers is approaching its 25th anniversary and CORA is excited to celebrate this impactful program by rewarding a current Peer Helper with $1,000 to the high school of the recipient’s choice to supplement their tuition.

The James F. Harron Classroom Champion Award, named in honor of CORA’s longtime president and CEO, was established to reward an extraordinary high school student who has received services from CORA. It was initiated to acknowledge an 11th or 12th grader who has overcome considerable adversity and achieved notable academic progress and/or made significant contributions to their school or community. The award winner will receive a $1,000, made payable to their high school, college, university or trade school.

The deadline to apply for both scholarships is Friday, May 5, 2017. To apply for the scholarships, download the applications here.

CORA Classroom Champion Award 2017

CORA Peer Helper Scholarship Award 2017

The scholarship winners will be announced in June 2017.

To make a gift to support one of the scholarships, click donate.

CORA Services, guided by the motto, “Children are the Heart of the Matter”, was established in 1971 and assisted about 600 families in Northeast Philadelphia that year. Today, CORA serves more than 16,000 children and families per year in the Philadelphia area. CORA’s services include Counseling, Speech/Language/Hearing, Occupational Therapy and Psychology.

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