By: KDKA-TV News Staff
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Pittsburgh Pledge is creating a new Advancing Educators of Color scholarship.
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The goal is to add 35 black educators to the Pittsburgh public school system over the next seven years.
The AEC Scholarship complements the Promise Scholarship, which is available to eligible Pittsburgh Public School students.
It is designed to encourage students to pursue a teaching career in Pittsburgh public schools after graduation.
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“This is a million dollar scholarship personally funded by Bill and Debbie Demchak,” said Saleem Ghubril, executive director of Pittsburgh Promise. “And that’s to enable students of color who want to become teachers, study education, get certified and then join the faculty of Pittsburgh public schools to pursue their post-secondary education, get certified, pass the test and get their diploma. without any debt. »
The Pittsburgh Promise has provided post-secondary scholarships to more than 10,000 PPS students since 2008.
Just over half of them are students of color.
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And 95% of those who received scholarships represent low-to-middle income households.