Pgh. Promise scholarships extended to charter schools
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The Pittsburgh Foundation this morning announced that the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program will be extended to city charter schools.
The decision extends eligibility to seniors at The Academy Charter High School, in the Carrick area; Career Connections Charter High School, Lawrenceville; and Northside Urban Pathways and City Charter High School, Downtown.
The schools together have about 232 seniors. But the foundation said only about 115 are expected to qualify for the Promise, which requires a 2.0 grade-point average and includes other eligibility criteria.
Pittsburgh Public Schools Superintendent Mark Roosevelt and Mayor Luke Ravenstahl announced the Promise in December 2006. The first major infusion of money came three months ago, when University of Pittsburgh Medical Center gave $10 million outright and offered $90 million through a 10-year challenge grant.
This year's graduates each will receive up to $20,000 in scholarship money to be spent over four years at any of about 100 colleges, universities and trade schools.
Until now, it wasn't clear whether the scholarships would be only for Pittsburgh Public Schools students or would be extended to charter school students, too.
More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
First Published February 29, 2008 12:21 pm