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PPG Foundation Announces $1 Million Gift to The Pittsburgh Promise During “Preferred College Partners” Event as Pittsburgh Public High School Students are Recruited, Apply for Scholarships

The PPG Foundation announced a $1 million gift to The Pittsburgh Promise at The Pittsburgh Promise’s Preferred College Partners Opportunity Fair where admissions officers from 35 institutions of higher learning in Pennsylvania actively recruited students, offered admission, and provided on-the-spot scholarships. The Preferred College Partners are post-secondary institutions that make specific commitments of grants and other support, over and above packaging financial aid to ensure the success of Promise scholars.


Hundreds of students gathered at the Energy Innovation Center complex in Pittsburgh’s Hill District to meet with representatives from trade, 2-year, and 4-year post-secondary schools to learn about admission opportunities from The Promise’s Preferred College Partners. Officials from The Pittsburgh Promise, Pittsburgh Public Schools, and the PPG Foundation also attended the event and offered words of encouragement to the high school students as they prepare for post-secondary education success.


A named scholarship will be established for PPG and five graduating seniors who will be selected annually and named as the “PPG Scholars of The Pittsburgh Promise.” Students will have the opportunity to build mentoring and professional relationships with company leaders as they pursue their degrees.


Malesia Dunn, PPG’s executive director of the PPG Foundation and global corporate social responsibility, shared the news with hundreds of students and college admissions representatives who were in attendance.


Dunn said, "At PPG, we believe education is a powerful way to catalyze positive impacts in our communities and enable possibilities and progress through learning, curiosity and discovery. We’re investing in The Pittsburgh Promise and support its mission because we know first-hand the importance of education in creating a diverse, skilled STEM workforce and a strong, sustainable Pittsburgh community. Like PPG, The Pittsburgh Promise prioritizes equity and inclusivity to expand opportunities for students to explore new horizons in science-related fields that will shape our region for generations to come." 


“The Pittsburgh Promise has created opportunities for all students to access higher education with financial support,” said Dr. Wayne N. Walters, Interim Superintendent of Pittsburgh Public Schools. “I am thrilled that they have partnered with 35 colleges and universities to go the extra mile on behalf of our students by driving support services to them as well as reducing the cost of room and board on campus. I am thankful to the funding community, including the PPG Foundation, for their generous support,” added Dr. Walters.


Pittsburgh Promise Executive Director Saleem Ghubril said, “We are proud to have the PPG Foundation as our newest partner in expanding opportunities for economic mobility through education for our city’s students. Their support demonstrates a deep commitment to our region, the future of our workforce, and educational equity for all of our young people. We are hopeful that every company, small and large, will join PPG and other donors and invest in the promise of Pittsburgh’s future.”


About the PPG Foundation

PPG’s global community engagement efforts and the PPG Foundation aim to bring color and brightness to PPG communities around the world. We invested more than $13 million in 2020, supporting hundreds of organizations across more than 30 countries. By investing in educational opportunities, we help grow today’s skilled workforce and develop tomorrow’s innovators in fields related to coatings and manufacturing. Plus, we empower PPG employees to multiply their impact for causes that are important to them by supporting their volunteer efforts and charitable giving. Learn more at


PPG: We Protect and Beautify the World™ 

At PPG (NYSE:PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for more than 135 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 75 countries and reported net sales of $13.8 billion in 2020. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit


Preferred College Partners of The Pittsburgh Promise

The Preferred College Partners program strengthens relationships between The Pittsburgh Promise and post-secondary institutions that provide additional financial aid and robust support services for Promise Scholars. Preferred College Partners provide grants for room and board to Promise-eligible students who are accepted to the institution. The 35 Pennsylvania colleges and universities that comprise the Preferred College Partners will also provide targeted transition and academic support services to ensure student retention and success. These Preferred College Partners share The Pittsburgh Promise’s commitment to helping make post-secondary education more accessible and affordable. For more information visit


About Pittsburgh Public Schools

The Pittsburgh Public School District is the largest of 43 school districts in Allegheny County and second largest in Pennsylvania. The District serves approximately 21,000 students in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. The Pittsburgh Public Schools offers students a variety of options and opportunities that will help them succeed in school and prepare them for whatever comes next in college, career and life. Visit 


About The Pittsburgh Promise

The Pittsburgh Promise promotes high educational aspirations among urban youth, funds scholarships for post-secondary access, and fuels a prepared and diverse regional workforce. To date, The Promise has invested more than $154 million in scholarships to send more than 10,100 urban youth to a post-secondary institution. Over 3,400 Promise Scholars have graduated, and many are now working, and giving back, in the Pittsburgh region. Promise Alumni have added value to the region's workforce at over 650 companies. Pittsburgh has the largest Promise program in the United States. For more information visit


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