PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Two local nonprofits that prepare high school kids for college are merging.

White-Williams Scholars and Philadelphia Futures are stable nonprofits, each with the mission of helping Philadelphia public school students get to college, and succeed once they get there.

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The two organizations have decided to merge, with the idea that the sum will be greater than the parts.

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Philadelphia Futures executive director Joan Mazzotti says the programs kids have come to depend on, will continue, “The brands that have been established by both organizations, White-Williams Scholars, Sponsor-A-Scholar and College Connections, will continue.”

The $12 million merger is expected to be finalized in March. Mazzotti will be executive director of the combined organization, which so far doesn’t have a new name.

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Reported By Mike DeNardo, KYW Newsradio.