If you are interested in becoming a member of the I Help Educate community you must first apply for a Herb it Forward Scholarship. (eligibility information at the bottom of the resource section). All/Only HIF winners are invited to launch a funding page on IHelpEducate.org


Student Resource Section



  • Video: videos that show the types of work people do in nearly 550 careers, organized by the 16 career clusters recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Various job roles included: https://www.careeronestop.org/Videos/CareerandClusterVideos/career-and-cluster-videos.aspx
  • Website resource: GetMyFuture gives an overview of the different things a student can opt for including finding a career, finishing high school, getting work experience, writing a resume etc. https://www.careeronestop.org/getmyfuture/index.aspx
  • Website resource: By the US Department of Labor, industry wise job roles along with descriptions., what to expect, salaries etc: http://www.bls.gov/k12/



  1. Website resource: Student aid (When, why, what, where, who, how?)- https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/


 Financial Literacy and more

  1. Clarifi – https://clarifi.org/education
  2. offers a range of proactive financial education programs that provide relevant and timely information. They develop and deliver curricula to groups of all sizes and interest; including community groups, non-profits, employers, schools, colleges and universities, financial institutions and government offices.
  3. One Less Foundation- http://www.theonelessfoundation.org/aboutus.html
    1. provides financial education, personal mentoring to individuals and families and education support programs to schools
    2. Programs
      • Financial Literacy and Capability: Learn about personal & family budgeting, savings, responsible use of credit and debt accumulation and elimination
      • RISE Program: Youth (13 yrs.+) learn about applying to college, financial aid and career options.
      • Life Coaching: Adults (18 yrs. +) learn about goal setting & personal development, to gain better educational and employment opportunities.
      • In School Services: Financial Literacy and College Readiness classes provided to students in the classroom.

Philadelphia Resources

  1. Philly Goes 2 College- http://phillygoes2college.org/about-us
    1. We connect you to the resources and programs that will help you take your education to the next level. From help with scholarships and financial aid, preparing for the SATs and filling out forms like the FAFSA, to finding and applying to the right school or college, we can be your guide. Our services are citywide and always free
  2. 12 Plus – http://www.12plus.org/
    1. 12+ partners with underserved high schools in the School District of Philadelphia to provide college counseling and individualized support to students. Within partner schools
    2. 12+ operates PLUS Centers to provide college prep to the entire student body. 12+ helps students register and prepare for the SAT, craft and edit college essays, receive mentorship from local universities, and navigate financial aid, college applications, and graduation requirements.



  1. Philadelphia Youth Network /Work Ready – https://www.pyninc.org/  / http://workready.org/
    1. The Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board Youth Council designed a multifaceted program called WorkReady Philadelphia to help area youth, ages 14 to 21, gain direct exposure to the world of work and develop the skills needed to thrive in the workplace. They enlisted the Philadelphia Youth Network (PYN), an intermediary organization that works with several constituencies in the Philadelphia market, to administer the program on their behalf

Applications for the Herb it Forward Scholarship are now closed. Applications will reopen December 2017.herb_it_forward_logo_revised


To provide financial assistance to further the education of students who are hardworking, motivated and driven to make a difference for their communities, our country and future generations.

Our Inspiration:

Inspired by Herb Lotman, a self-made businessman whose lifetime was dedicated to helping others and giving back. “The ‘Herb it Forward’ Scholarship was created in his memory to educate those future leaders who will continue to pay it forward.

Herb It Forward Eligibility Criteria

  • Individuals 17-25 years of age
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States of America and applying to programs in the United States.
  • Open to all students who are graduating in 2017 or have previously graduated high school, received their GED or have been homeschooled. Please note the scholarship isn’t applicable for graduate school students.
  • Previous winners of the Herb It Forward scholarship cannot apply.
  • Only fully completed applications, which include a transcript, GED or State Certification will be considered.
  • All applicants have to state clearly in their application material how they have helped their community in the past and have chosen career paths to help in the future.
  • Applicant gives consent to use information provided in their scholarship application on www.ihelpeducate.org. Please note all personal contact information will be kept private.
  • Students who demonstrate a strong financial need. More specifically Students from households having a household income that does not exceed the amounts in the chart below:
Household SizeAnnual Income ($)
For each additional family member add7,696

*Source: https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-03-23/pdf/2016-06463.pdf

If selected as a finalist, proof of family income will be requested and must include one of the following:

•Copy of signed Federal Income Tax Return (Form 1040)
•Copy of EBT Access card and benefit summary
•Evidence that your family receives SSI or TANF benefits
•Completed copy of your FAFSA Form

Application process:

  • Complete and Submit the ‘Herb it Forward’ application form. Applications are open from October 14, 2016 through January 15, 2017. Submissions must be made in English received by 11:59:59 PM EST on January 15, 2017.
  • The 45 scholarship finalists will be announced on March 15, 2017.
  • Recipients of the Herb It Forward scholarship will be notified of their award on April 15, 2017.
  • Scholarship winners will then be eligible to upload a profile page on the ‘I Help Educate’ website for additional funding from public support.
  • HIF Scholarship funds will be sent directly to recipient’s school prior to the start of the semester.

Scholarship Amounts:

  • 10 individuals will receive a First Place scholarship of $5,000 each. First place winners will be invited to an all-expense paid annual weekend in Philadelphia consisting of workshops and fun during the years they are completing their undergraduate studies!
  • 15 individuals will receive a Second Place scholarship of $2,500 each.
  • 20 individuals will receive a Third Place scholarship of $1,000 each.

After April 15, 2017, winners can add their profiles to the I Help Educate platform.

  • One guaranteed scholarship in each of the above categories will be awarded to a resident from Philadelphia

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