Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Promises Kept Upmc Saluted for $100 Million Commitment to Pittsburgh Promise

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Promises Kept Upmc Saluted for $100 Million Commitment to Pittsburgh Promise

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The Pittsburgh Promise honored UPMC on Thursday for making the last installment of its $100 million commitment to the scholarship program.

"There has never been a gift of this magnitude to urban public schools," said Saleem Ghubril, Promise executive director.

UPMC's $41 million contribution, set to be formally transferred to the Promise this summer, caps off the 10-year "challenge grant" that began in 2007. So long as other entities came up with $150 million in the same period, the health care giant said it would provide up to $100 million.

Though the Promise missed the mark, raising $94 million, UPMC fulfilled the pledge.

Since 2008, the program has awarded more than 7,200 scholarships worth more than $100 million. About 1,600 graduates have earned some sort of credential after school. About 1,000 scholarship recipients are working in the Pittsburgh region. …

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