Please Note: The 2022 Samuel A. Green Scholarship Program will begin accepting applications in December 2021. Please check back then for more information on the application process and requirements.


This scholarship program was named in loving memory of Firstrust Bank Founder, Samuel A. Green, who was a staunch believer in encouraging young people to pursue their education and fulfill their dreams.  In the spirit of his legacy, we are inspired to carry on our strong commitment toward helping students succeed.

Samuel A. Green

Samuel A. Green

Samuel A. Green, one of eight children, was born and raised in a small Hungarian farming town. Sam joined his family in Philadelphia in 1905, putting down roots and quickly becoming involved in the local community. Recognizing the opportunity to support the needs of the community, Sam started a savings and loan that is now a third-generation, family-owned bank. The Samuel A. Green Scholarship Program is one of the ways that we commemorate him and his commitment to helping others, while helping to support the needs and the dreams of young people in the community.

Celebrating 52 Years

We are excited to present the 2021 scholarship awards, continuing our 52-year history dedicated to helping and encouraging young people to pursue their education and achieve their dreams.

STEP 1: 
Compose an Essay

Compose an essay that explains - How will your college education help you to make a substantial impact in your community?

STEP 2: 
Online Application

Complete the application for scholarship award by visiting the online application and answering the required questions.

STEP 3: 
Submit Your Essay

Upload your completed essay in PDF or .DOCX format in the online application. You will receive a confirmation email when your essay has been received.

Due to the large volume of applications received, it is not possible to respond to requests regarding the status of applications. All applications are due by March 26, 2021 at 11:59 pm, EST.  Applications for the 2021 Scholarship will not be accepted after this date.

If you are unable to apply online for any reason, please contact the Foundation at or at 610-684-6609 for information on mailing in your application.  


We will award $140,000 in academic scholarships as follows:


$10,000 Scholarship
THREE Winners


$7,500 Scholarship
FIVE Winners


$5,000 Scholarship
SEVEN Winners


$2,500 Scholarship
Each student may only submit one essay. Awards are intended for the student only; no provision is made for spouses or dependents. No substitution of the award is permitted.  Checks will be payable jointly to the student and the accredited, not-for-profit college or university that the student will be attending.  Scholarship awards will be paid to the winners during the academic year 2021-22. If the student accepting a Samuel A. Green Scholarship is also receiving financial aid, accepting the scholarship may reduce the aid.  Please contact your financial advisor for details.  Scholarship awards cannot be deferred.


Compose an essay that explains:
How will your college education help you to make a substantial impact in your community? 

The quality of the answer.

The unique presentation and delivery of student's ideas.

The student's command of the English language.

The impact of the essay message.

All eligible essay submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges. Scholarship award decisions are made by the Foundation and Firstrust Bank in its sole discretion and are final.


High School graduating seniors
from public, private, parochial and charter schools, home-schooled students, technical school graduates and GED recipients, who plan to attend a four-year, not-for-profit, accredited college, are eligible.
The Samuel A. Green Scholarship is available only to legal United States residents living within the Greater Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley areas. Applicants already attending college or who are at least 30 years old as of March 19, 2021, will not be considered. Winners are required to submit proof of intent to attend an eligible college or university within two weeks after notice of winning the award. Winners are also required to submit proof of their matriculation during the fall semester of 2021, at an eligible college or university by December 31, 2021, to receive scholarship funds. Home-schooled students are required to provide documentation of high school equivalency and eligibility as an incoming freshman in the fall of 2021. Employees, officers and directors of Firstrust, the Foundation, and its subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, advertising and promotion agencies and their family members (defined as spouses, children, parents, siblings and in-laws) and those living in their households are not eligible. This exclusion also applies to anyone who may become an employee of Firstrust or the Foundation after submitting their application.
The Green Family Foundation was established in 2005 by Samuel A. Green’s son and daughter-in-love, Daniel and Florence (“Flo”). Daniel was the Chairman and CEO of Firstrust Bank from 1970-2005 and Chairman Emeritus until his death in 2020. Richard J. Green, their son, serves as Trustee for the Foundation. The Green Family Foundation is dedicated to cultivating and investing in innovative and impactful solutions that foster inclusive and interconnected communities so that individuals and communities flourish and reach their full potential.


Founded in 1934 by Samuel A. Green, who began the business in his mother’s kitchen in South Philadelphia, is currently in its third generation of family ownership. Firstrust, the region’s largest family-owned bank, is a full-service commercial bank with assets of $4.5 billion.

Philly's Hometown Bank

Firstrust is a Small Business Administration (SBA) preferred lender, and provides both retail and commercial services through its 19 branch banking offices located in the Pennsylvania counties of Bucks, Lehigh, Montgomery and Philadelphia; and Cherry Hill, NJ, as well as a representative office in Annapolis, MD.



The Samuel A. Green Scholarship Program will begin accepting applications in late January, 2021.