Support categories

The Swiss Benevolent Society of Philadelphia provides assistance to individuals and families in need in the form of financial and social support.  The Directors of the Board are dedicated to fulfilling the mission of the society to support Swiss and their descendants in need of assistance and reach out proactively wherever help may be needed.

The Swiss Benevolent Society of Philadelphia provides indirect assistance to deserving students in the form of scholarships, administered by the Swiss Benevolent Society of New York (SBS NY).  Our society contributes financially to the Merit Scholarship program and is directly involved in the application evaluation and award process.



Available Support

  • Social support, including visits to the elderly and sick
  • Financial support, including payments and loans



  • Swiss descendants and their families
  • Directors of the Board and their families are excluded


How to Apply


Next Steps

  • The Board of Directors will consider your application as quickly as possible
  • Depending on the specifics of your situation, the Board may request additional information, including financial documentation in cases of financial support needs




  • Merit Scholarship (GPA at least 3.0); scholarship recipients may reapply annually
  • Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award (Senior or Graduate & GPA at least 3.8); one-time award
  • Graduate Award (Graduate & GPA at least 3.8); one-time award
  • Medicus Student Exchange (Study at a Swiss University or Federal Institute of Technology); one-time award




How to Apply


Award Process

  • The scholarship programs are administered by the SBS NY
  • Applications are evaluated by the Scholarship Committee of the SBS NY with SBS Philadelphia participation
  • Applicants will receive award notifications directly from the SBS NY


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