Earn up to $40,000 for College
The Pittsburgh Promise is a big idea and a concrete commitment to all children who graduate from Pittsburgh Public Schools and who live in the City of Pittsburgh. If they maintain an average GPA of 2.5 and an attendance record of 90% they will earn up to a $40,000 scholarship to attend any accredited post-secondary institution in Pennsylvania (this does not apply to online or cyber schools). (These scholarships are paid over four years of higher education.) The Promise is not need-based—the family's income does not factor into the decision. It is not a competitive process—if they are eligible, they receive the scholarship. Neither is it a limited process—they and all their siblings can receive it. And once they are declared eligible, they will receive it for up to four years of college. They only need to maintain a college GPA of 2.0 and a fulltime class load. And, the scholarship is a scholarship, it is not a loan—it does not need to be paid back.