The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program is about two-thirds of the way toward its goal of $250 million, with its latest large gift coming from the Grable Foundation.
Saleem Ghubril, executive director of the Promise, Tuesday announced Grable has pledged another $5 million, bringing Grable's total contribution to $10 million.
At a news conference at Google's local headquarters in East Liberty, Mr. Ghubril said Grable had "reached far and high" to help children in Pittsburgh.
"I will never get tired of saying thank you," said Mr. Ghubril.
The Promise began with a pledge of $100 million from UPMC over 10 years. The total pledged so far by various businesses, foundations and individuals is about $167.2 million.
In the spring, the Promise launched an intensive campaign to raise the remaining money.
Over the summer, the Promise developed its fund-raising strategy and now has volunteers on three committees -- institutions, individuals and grassroots.
Begun with the high school class of 2008, the Promise provides scholarships of up to $40,000 for postsecondary education for city residents who are graduates of public schools in Pittsburgh -- both those operated by the district and bricks-and-mortar charter schools -- who meet certain requirements.
The requirements include a 2.5 grade point average and an attendance rate of 90 percent in high school.
The Promise also has an "extension" program that provides scholarships to students with grade point averages between 2.00 and 2.49 to go to Community College of Allegheny County for one year. If they earn at least a 2.0 there, they can continue in the Promise program.
Counting the class of 2013, scholarships worth nearly $40 million have been provided to more than 4,600 students.
Mr. Ghubril presented the group's annual report, which noted that 80 percent of Promise recipients who attend a four-year private school continue for their second year as do 81 percent of those at four-year public schools. The figures are 65 percent at two-year private schools and 61 percent at two-year public schools.
Education writer Eleanor Chute: email@example.com or 412-263-1955. First Published September 24, 2013 4:15 AM