With a small grant from the Nelson Foundation, local philanthropists founded Chester County Futures in 1996 under the Chester County Community Foundation. Our founders realized that the nation’s 28th wealthiest county had pockets of extreme poverty, where students were falling further and further behind. Their goal was to empower economically disadvantaged students in Chester County. With that grant, Chester County Futures entered Kennett Consolidated School District and later Coatesville Area School District with the dream of reaching students all over the county. Just four years later, the first 13 students in our Passport To College Program graduated from high school. Since then, Chester County Futures has helped nearly 1,000 students navigate the rigors of high school and college in five different school districts through after-school programming, mentoring and scholarships.
Now, in 2016, Chester County Futures reaches students as early as 7th grade. The graduates of the high school class of 2016 received record amounts of scholarships. Our programming focuses on preparing students for life after college and our alumni network continues to grow, as former students rejoin us to support the next generation of students. Chester County Futures has truly become a beacon of light for economically disadvantaged students. Through the efforts of our staff, mentors and dedicated donors, we look forward to empowering the students of Chester County through the next 20 years and beyond.
Awards and Accolades:
In 2004, Chester County Futures enrolls its 100th student into the Passport to College Program
In 2006, Chester County Futures is named the "Non Profit Business of the Year" by the Great Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce.
In 2011, the middle school program, Futures AHEAD is implemented.
In 2013, Chester County Futures is awarded the prestigious Financial Literacy Hero Award by the West Chester Public Library.
In 2016, Chester County Futures celebrates its 20th Anniversary, enrolls the 1000th student in the Passport to College Program, and launches Steps 4 Success – a brand new college bridge program supporting students throughout their undergraduate degree.