The Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia announced Thursday that 2,000 new, four-year scholarships were available to help low-income city families send their children to nonpublic schools for kindergarten through eighth grade.

The scholarships begin with the 2015-16 academic year.

Established in 1998, Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia now provides financial aid to 4,500 city children at 185 nonpublic schools.

The typical recipient gets $1,775 per year and comes from a household where the average annual income is $29,000 for a family of four.

Applications are available now at

Print copies will be available Nov. 3 at all branches of the Free Library of Philadelphia, Police Athletic League centers, and at the city's health centers.

The application deadline is March 1. Scholarships will be awarded by lottery from among qualified applicants on March 10.

The nonprofit receives corporate funding through Pennsylvania programs that give businesses tax credits for contributing to approved scholarship programs.

Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia also is supported by individuals and foundations, including the Maguire Foundation in West Conshohocken and the Marguerite and H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest Foundation in Center City.

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