The Lenfest Scholars Program was launched in 2006 as a partnership between Saint Joseph’s University and Gerry and Marguerite Lenfest.  An incentive-based program for students who attend the Gesu School in Philadelphia, the Lenfest Scholars Program provides scholarship awards to participants who continue their collegiate career at Saint Joseph’s.

A decade later, the Lenfest Scholars Program has enabled students from under-resourced backgrounds to imagine a future that includes a college degree, truly allowing these students to live greater.

Each year, up to eight Gesu School seventh grade students are invited to participate in the program based on their academic record.  Students become eligible to receive annual tuition credits, beginning in 7th grade through 12th, towards a Saint Joseph’s education as an incentive for their continued academic excellence and college preparation.  Students also become eligible for additional scholarship support from Saint Joseph’s University funded by the James W. and Eileen R. Lannon Scholarship, which was named in honor of the parents of Saint Joseph’s 26th president, Timothy R. Lannon, S.J.