PAL continues awarding scholarships to Philly youth


A Philadelphia institution is again providing some post-secondary assistance for children. 

The Police Athletic League has given out 50 more scholarships, bringing the total to just over 200 students who are receiving assistance from the police-based organization. 

Myeisha Matos, the first member of her family to graduate from college, said that without the PAL money it would have been difficult to attain her dream of higher education.

“I did anything possible to apply for scholarships,” Matos said. “I was awarded two scholarships, which helped my financial package to meet my tuition package. I didn’t have to take out any loans, my scholarships paid for my tuition, and I graduated debt-free.”

Police Officer Frank Rivera, who works with youth at the Harrowgate PAL Center, said giving students a safe place to play and study helps them achieve in school and in life.

“Fortunately, I have great PAL kids,” he said. “Two are graduating the fire academy this week, another is a supervisor in the police department.  If you can save one person, you are doing a great job.If the students maintain a 2.0 average, they can keep their scholarships for four years.”

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