Families can learn about The Pittsburgh Promise


November 11, 2008

For students in the Pittsburgh Public Schools, the future has grown even brighter, thanks to The Pittsburgh Promise.

The Promise is a community gift to help families plan, prepare and pay for education after high school. Parents, families and community are invited to attend one of the district's Promise Nights to learn more about how to prepare students of all ages for this opportunity. Promise Nights dates and times follow. A complimentary dinner and childcare will be provided at each location.

On December 5, 2007, the district announced a $100 million commitment by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) to fund The Pittsburgh Promise. Graduates of the Pittsburgh Public Schools can earn up to $20,000 in Promise scholarships over four years. Beginning with the Class of 2012, graduates may be eligible to earn up to $40,000 over four years. Even students who already have scholarships to cover the full cost of tuition may be eligible for a minimum award of up to $1,000 through The Promise.

Representatives from The Pittsburgh Promise, the Pittsburgh Public Schools and 2008 Promise Graduates will be on hand to speak about The Promise and explain guidelines pertaining to eligibility and the application process. Families will also learn more about the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA), which must be completed in order to calculate the amount of Promise scholarship dollars a student will receive.

Promise Nights Schedule includes:

• University Prep, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 6:00-7:30 p.m.;

Pittsburgh Carrick, Thursday, Nov. 13, 7:00-8:30 p.m.;

Pittsburgh Schenley, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 6:00-7:30 p.m.;

Pittsburgh Langley, Thursday, Nov. 20, 6:30-8:00 p.m.;

Pittsburgh Alderdice, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 6:30-8:00 p.m.;

Pittsburgh CAPA, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 6:00-7:30 p.m.;

Pittsburgh Perry, Thursday, Dec. 4, 6:00-7:30 p.m.;

Pittsburgh Oliver, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 6:00-7:30 p.m.;

Pittsburgh Westinghouse, Thursday, Dec. 11, 6:00-7:30 p.m .; and,

Pittsburgh Brashear, Tuesday, Dec. 16, 6:30 -7:30 p.m.


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