Founded in 1999, Steppingstone Scholars creates pathways to college and the workforce for low-income, underserved students in Philadelphia.

1999

Founded as an affiliate of Boston’s Steppingstone Foundation. Eight scholars are served in six partner schools in our first year of operation.

2003

Established as a separate 501c3 organization from Boston with an Independent Board of Directors and first President Rick Moses.

The Steppingstone Academy, our signature program, expands to serve 91 high-achieving students and provides them with rigorous academic enrichment and independent school placement.

2006

Nina Weisbord is hired as President and increases the number of students served in Steppingstone programming.

2009

The Steppingstone Academy expands academic year and summer programming to high school, providing Scholars with career exposure and college preparation.

Steppingstone hosts its first College Day, providing scholars with college preparation and financial aid workshops.

2012

Sean Vereen is hired as President. Approximately 300 students served in Steppingstone programming.

2013

Steppingstone partners with the University of the Sciences, the School District of Philadelphia and the Office of Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown to host the first Step Into College Conference. The conference serves 400 students across Philadelphia, providing workshops on college preparation, admissions and financial aid.

2015

Steppingstone embeds resources and expertise in neighborhood schools within the School District of Philadelphia with the goal of significantly increasing the number of students served in our programming. Our first step towards building K-12 pathways to college and the workforce begins with the creation of Middle Grades Academy.

In partnership with University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering, our college-level Blended Learning Initiative: Robotics Course launches for Philadelphia high school students.

2017

To expand the pathways further into high school, Steppingstone becomes the lead implementer of Upward Bound, Temple University’s 50-year-old federally funded program for high school students.

2019

Steppingstone Scholars celebrates 20 years of impact. Our College and Workforce Program launches for high school students and young adults.

2020

Inveniam, a first-of-its-kind STEM equity lab, launches with Penn Engineering.

Steppingstone partners with Temple University in creating the Cecil B. Moore Scholars program.

Dual Enrollment programming, which reduces time to degree and cost of college, gains momentum with the creation of partnerships with La Salle University, Community College of Philadelphia, Temple University, University of the Sciences, Cheyney University, and other institutions.