"I think we ought to have as a goal to be the smartest city in New England, and we can do this," says Mayor Lukes. She's confident that with rising standards, we can pull our schools out of underperforming status, and she suggests that we look into the "Pittsburgh Promise" Program.
Councilor Toomey is rising to (again) amend an item by Mayor Lukes, suggesting that we look at what we already have in the city.
From the Pittsburgh Promise website:
Currently, students who are eligible have the opportunity to receive a scholarship from The Pittsburgh Promise that would pay up to $5,000 each year for up to four years to help with expenses related to tuition, mandatory fees, books, dorm, and meal plan. Funds from The Promise will be used as “last dollar” scholarships. This means that Federal and State grants will be used first. The Pittsburgh Promise scholarship will be applied after the Federal and State awards. Students who already have scholarships to cover the total cost of attendance may be eligible for an award of up to $1,000 through The Promise.
To maintain eligibility while they pursue their higher education, students must earn a minimum 2.0 GPA to continue to receive yearly Promise funds.