The new Promise Student Portal allows you to:
  • Communicate with us
  • Tell us what colleges you apply to
  • Check your eligibility
  • Alert us if you change schools
  • See if your scholarship has been paid



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The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship is a big idea and a real commitment: if you live in the city and attend Pittsburgh Public schools from 9th grade on, a Promise scholarship will be waiting for you at graduation. The Promise is not like most scholarships. You don't have to be a straight-A student or a star athlete to be eligible for The Pittsburgh Promise. The Promise scholarship is not need-based. Your family’s income does not factor into the decision. It is not a competitive process. If you meet the requirements, you receive the scholarship. Neither is it a limited process, as you and all of your siblings can receive it. If you can dream of a promising future and are willing to work hard to get there, the scholarship will be waiting for you.

The Pittsburgh Promise is diligently working to raise $250 million in order to be able to fund scholarships through the graduating class of 2028 (children who entered kindergarten in the fall of 2015). We are hopeful that we will reach the $250 million goal by 2020. We intend to keep raising funds after we reach the $250 million goal for classes beyond 2028. 

To receive the scholarship, The Promise requires that you:

  • Live in the City of Pittsburgh, continuously, without interruption, for at least the
    four years of high school.
  • Attend Pittsburgh Public Schools, continuously, without interruption, from at least the beginning of 9th grade, and through to graduation.
  • Graduate with a cumulative, un-weighted GPA of 2.5 or better.
  • Maintain an attendance record of 90%.
  • Use your scholarship at an accredited college, university, or trade and technical school in Pennsylvania.
  • File the FAFSA (FAFSA.gov) and state grant form (PHEAA.org) by April 30th each year for the financial aid year that begins the following fall.