PITTSBURGH, November 14, 2018 – Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University, founding college partners of The Pittsburgh Promise, are extending their support of Promise scholarship recipients to graduate school offerings.

Carnegie Mellon University’s (CMU) Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy is offering scholarships equal to 30% of tuition per semester to Pittsburgh Promise Alumni who apply and enroll in one of its professional master’s programs, which prepare students to solve societal challenges in areas converging at the intersection of people, policy, and technology. These include nationally-ranked programs in public policy, information technology, health care, cybersecurity, and arts & entertainment.

“We are committed to our local community, and we want to do all that we can to help contribute in every way – including financially – to what will ultimately be one of the most valuable investments our students will ever make,” said David Eber, Heinz College Director of Admissions and Financial Aid. “Through our partnership with The Pittsburgh Promise, we hope to shape young minds, train local students to be future leaders in the Pittsburgh region, and remove any financial barriers that may prevent them from considering earning their master’s degree.”

Duquesne University is offering a 30% tuition scholarship per semester to Promise alumni to pursue graduate degrees in more than 25 graduate programs in business, education, liberal arts and environmental sciences. Duquesne is nationally ranked and recognized for high-quality academic and research opportunities. Additional information can be found at http://duq.edu/pghpromisealum. “The Pittsburgh Promise has had an incredibly positive impact in supporting Pittsburgh Public School students, and we’re proud to be a founding preferred college partner,” said Duquesne University President Ken Gormley. “As part of our mission and our strategic plan, we continue to identify ways to support the region; and expanding our Pittsburgh Promise partnership to graduate programs is a wonderful way to do that.”

The graduate school awards are in addition to the schools’ commitment to Promise Scholars who pursue undergraduate degrees at their institutions. As founding Preferred College Partners, Carnegie Mellon and Duquesne have committed to providing grants for room and board to Promise-eligible undergraduate students who are accepted to the institutions and targeted transition and academic support services to ensure student retention and success.

“We are incredibly grateful to our partners Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University for extending their support to Promise Alumni. The commitments of these institutions to advance the success of Pittsburgh’s students is clear. These graduate school offerings will provide even more incentive to our young people to stay in the region and contribute to our workforce,” said Pittsburgh Promise Executive Director, Saleem Ghubril.

About Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College

The Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy is home to two internationally recognized graduate-level institutions at Carnegie Mellon University: the School of Information Systems and Management and the School of Public Policy and Management. This unique colocation combined with its expertise in analytics set Heinz College apart in the areas of cybersecurity, health care, the future of work, smart cities, and arts & entertainment. In 2016, INFORMS named Heinz College the #1 academic program for Analytics Education. For more information, please visit www.heinz.cmu.edu.

About Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation’s top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and tradition of academic excellence. Duquesne, a campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, has been nationally recognized for its academic programs, community service and commitment to sustainability. Follow Duquesne University on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information visit www.duq.edu.

 About The Pittsburgh Promise

The Pittsburgh Promise promotes high educational aspirations among urban youth, funds scholarships for post-secondary access, and fuels a prepared and diverse regional workforce. To date, The Promise has invested more than $120 million in scholarships to send more than 8,400 urban youth to a post-secondary institution. Nearly 3,000 Promise Scholars have graduated, and many are now working, and giving back, in the Pittsburgh region. Pittsburgh has the largest Promise program in the United States. For more information visit The Promise impact dashboard.


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