About the Scholarship

The Luther and Mary Ida Vandross Scholarship is accredited by the Philadelphia Foundation. The foundation is the community foundation that serves the Greater Philadelphia community, which was started to establish funds that fulfill their philanthropic goals most effectively. 

The Luther and Mary Ida Vandross Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Luther Vandross and his devoted mother Mary Ida. This award will be awarded to help students in need and planned to graduate from a historically black college or university.


What are the requirements needed while applying for this scholarship?

  • Applicants are required to demonstrate their financial need to meet eligibility.

  • A letter of recommendation must have been submitted by the students applying for this grant.

  • The understudies applying for this award must present a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application.

  • Students must provide a resume and an essay as described in the application form.


The Luther and Mary Ida Vandross Scholarship award amounts to

  • This scholarship provides $10000 annually which is non-renewable.

  • the total number of awards offered by this scholarship is limited to 5 candidates each year depending on the availability of funds and students meeting their requirements.


Deadline information

The applications are to be presented before the end of May 01, 2020. Understudies are informed to present their grant application, and other requirements are to be submitted before the due date. Applications and other information are accessible online on the Philadelphia Foundation website.


Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant must be in the fourth or fifth year of college pursuing an undergraduate degree program.

  • The applicant must be enrolled in a four-year Historically Black College or University (HBCU).

  • The applicant must demonstrate a financial need.

  • The applicant must have a GPA of 2.5 or more.

  • The applicant must be a permanent resident of the states of Pennsylvania, Delaware, or Southern New Jersey.