Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pittsburgh Promise Aids City Students' Progress Executive Director to Give Report Today

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pittsburgh Promise Aids City Students' Progress Executive Director to Give Report Today

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Since the Pittsburgh Promise began offering college scholarships in 2008, high school graduation rates in Pittsburgh Public Schools have increased, 1,084 scholarship recipients have graduated from college and Promise students are sticking with college at rates largely comparable to national benchmarks.

Pittsburgh Promise executive director Saleem Ghubril said it would be presumptuous to credit the Promise with all of the progress, but he believes the Promise and other efforts join to form a mighty river of opportunity for the city's high school graduates.

"I would feel comfortable saying the Promise is a factor," said Mr. Ghubril, also noting reform efforts in the school district, foundation-supported programs and university efforts. "Frankly, I don't care who did this. I'm delighted."

Mr. Ghubril is scheduled to deliver the Pittsburgh Promise's annual report today and to announce additional major gifts to the program, which provides city residents who graduate from district schools and city bricks-and-mortar charter schools scholarships of up to $40,000 for post-secondary education in Pennsylvania if they meet certain requirements. So far, $55.4 million has been awarded to 5,323 recipients.

Some of the results highlighted in the report are:

* The four-year high school graduation rate in Pittsburgh Public Schools has grown from 65 percent in 2009 to 71 percent in 2014.

* The high school graduation rate has changed little for white students - from 78 percent in 2009 to 77 percent in 2014 - but has grown from 57 to 65 percent over the same period for black students.

To earn a core Promise scholarship, residents must have a 90 percent attendance rate and a grade point average of 2.5 or better in high school. The Promise extension offers those with grade point averages between 2.0 and 2.5 scholarships for a year to Community College of Allegheny County. If they do well, they can continue in the Promise program.

As of September, 5,118 students had received Pittsburgh Promise scholarships, including 4,418 in the core program and 700 in the extension program. …

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