Become a Student

“PFF changed everything. It gave me stability and showed me that there were others with a similar background to mine who were changing their futures. My PFF peers became my friends. I started making goals for myself, and my internship with the Markel Corporation gave me the opportunity to see what my future might be.”

Sean Smith, alumnus

Become a PFF Student and Take a Big Step Forward for Your Future

Our students feel empowered to realize their academic, professional, and personal goals. Through our program, students learn new skills, develop crucial contacts, access valuable opportunities, and accomplish more than they realized was possible. In addition, the PFF experience strengthens their resolve to contribute to their community. Our resources and programs help students excel in every aspect of their studies, careers, and lives.

Are You Interested in Becoming a PFF Student?

If you’re a high school freshman at one of our partner schools and meet our academic requirements, apply to our program. Keep in mind, this requires commitment and hard work: PFF is a four-year program before you enter college, and you are required to participate for the full four years to ensure you maximize the program’s value to you, your family, and your community. Beyond those four years, you also are required to participate in our college success program designed to help you transition to college and then excel through graduation.

Top 5 Reasons to Become a PFF Student

  1. Paid Professional Work Experience
    Work full-time for a major Richmond business for three summers and receive valuable on-the-job training. Or participate in our Career Immersion Program where students explore various career fields including but not limited to: Business, Education, Medicine, Engineering, Art, etc.
  2. We’ll help you pay for college
    We’ll match the money you save toward college up to $2,000. We’ll also help you find and apply for additional scholarships.
  3. Improve your profile for colleges
    We’ll help you identify and apply to match colleges and universities that are best value.
  4. Gain cultural capital
    You’ll attend cultural events, hear from inspiring leaders, and be exposed to a variety of workplaces and careers.
  5. Connect with our network
    You will meet people who will provide you with expert advice and valuable recommendations while connecting with peers from other high schools.

Interested in Applying?

If you meet our application requirements, we’d love to hear from you.

Applications for this year will open on February 1st and close on March 8th, 2024

PFF Virtual Information Session
Time: Feb 12, 2024 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Application requirements:

  • Students must be a freshman (9th grade) who wants to go to college
  • 3.0 GPA minimum or honor/scholar roll.

If you have any questions, please contact Reshaud Rich, Sr. Director of Programs, via email at or phone at 804-371-1408