The Pittsburgh Promise®
The Pittsburgh Promise® is a community commitment to help students and families of the Pittsburgh Public Schools plan, prepare and pay for education beyond high school. The Promise serves to inspire and motivate Pittsburgh Public Schools students to “Dream Big” and “Work Hard” by providing scholarships to more than 100 qualifying colleges and trade/technical schools in Pennsylvania.
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) provided an initial $10 million grant to support first-year awards to qualifying members of the Class of 2008, as well as a $90 million challenge grant contingent upon additional funds from the community. Local foundations have responded to that challenge with generous contributions:
- The Pittsburgh Foundation ($10 million over about 10 years)
- The Heinz Endowments ($6 million over three years)
- The Grable Foundation ($5 million over five years)
- The Buhl Foundation ($3 million over 10 years)
- The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation ($2.5 million over five years)
- Massey Charitable Trust ($1 million) and, most recently,
- The Richard King Mellon Foundation ($9 million over three years)
The Pittsburgh Promise is a big idea that has the potential to have a significant positive impact on the community by better preparing students to be successful in life, by attracting families to stay in and move to the City, and by providing employers in the region with a better educated and more skilled workforce. We are deeply grateful for the belief in and support for the future of our students and our City that contributors have demonstrated through their gifts to the Pittsburgh Promise. The work isn't over; we've still got a long way to go if we want to make sure that the Promise will continue to offer hope for future generations of Pittsburgh students.