Center on Race and Social Problems

Potential Eligibility for the Pittsburgh Promise

June 1, 2008 to May 1, 2009
Funded by: 
The Pittsburgh Foundation

The purpose of this study was to determine baseline numbers and percentages of Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) graduates and students by race (black and white), gender, and income who are potentially eligible for the Pittsburgh Promise college scholarship program. This study used different values for selected eligibility criteria (enrollment in PPS, residency in city, GPA, attendance, and graduation tests).  PPS provided summary data for the project based on student records.

The data and report enabled The Pittsburgh Foundation and others to know how different eligibility criteria affect the inclusion or exclusion of graduates and students from the Pittsburgh Promise.  This also allowed program costs to be better estimated and eligibility criteria to be chosen so that as many graduates and students as possible benefit from the Promise.