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Keeping the Promise

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Graduates of the Pittsburgh Public Schools who enroll at Robert Morris University receive an extra $2,000 in annual financial aid thanks to a new partnership agreement with the Pittsburgh Promise scholarship program.

Students can use the $2000 grant toward any college costs. RMU is one of 19 colleges and universities in the region agreeing to offer additional financial support to Promise students.

"With the Promise, the additional money that we're committing through the partnership, and the aid they're already receiving, we're hoping that it will make the opportunity to enroll at our university more attainable and affordable," said Kellie Laurenzi, RMU associate vice president for enrollment management, during an interview on "The Sunday Business Page" on KDKA-TV.

The Pittsburgh Promise is a $7,500 annual college scholarship available to students of city public or charter schools who graduate with a 2.5 or higher GPA. In its decade of existence, more than 7,300 students have received a scholarship through the program, which is funded through charitable donations.

Nearly 350 Pittsburgh Promise students have enrolled at RMU since the scholarship's inception in 2008. Employers of RMU Pittsburgh Promise alumni include PNC, the Pittsburgh Pirates, BNY Mellon, Mylan, and WPXI-TV.