PITTSBURGH - UPMC is keeping its promise and donating $100 million to the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program.
The announcement was made at Pittsburgh Creative & Performing Arts school Monday morning where students put on a show for members of the Pittsburgh Promise.
“As a supporter of the Promise, you are supporting people like myself. You are saying you’re worth it. You are worth the education. You are worth all the money that we need to give,” Pittsburgh Promise beneficiary and Point Park University student Evelyn Hernandez said.
The program offers up to $40,000 in scholarships to graduates of Pittsburgh Public Schools. It is responsible for helping to send 3,800 students, including Hernandez, to college.
"To be college-ready is to be given the tools to be successful and to be proud of where I came from. Pittsburgh is a great place and it has given us great opportunities. I wouldn't have had these opportunities if I wasn't raised here," CAPA senior Brana Hill said.
“They aren’t just going to college. Their attention rate in college is among the highest nationwide,” board chair and Steelers great Franco Harris said. “We’ve invested $32 million in tuition in two and four year colleges, trade schools, and workforce certification programs,” he said.
American Eagle Outfitters and Mylan are also donating $1 million each.
Organizers said their goal is to hit the $250 million mark in the next five years.