IUP Promise Plus is made possible by the generosity of the Heinz Endowments, which is committed to supporting the economic, cultural, and educational development of southwestern Pennsylvania.
It is conceivable that IUP Promise Plus could impact all of those qualities by planting in the minds of elementary school students and the parents of those students the seed of the desire to succeed.
Their desire to succeed is carried on through the Pittsburgh Public Schools’ Pathways to the Promise and the Pittsburgh Promise. Created by the Pittsburgh Foundation, the Pittsburgh Promise provides college financial aid to Pittsburgh Public Schools students. This is a means of strengthening community and preserving the school district—an essential component to the City of Pittsburgh’s survival, according to the program’s website.
As Dean Mary Ann Rafoth said, IUP Promise Plus provides the connection to college for students in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. Our staff and faculty provide the realization that going to college is attainable and that when participants do finally arrive on a campus—any campus—it will not be an unfamiliar place. They will have that assurance, because they received it through IUP Promise Plus. IUP is, in effect, carrying out the vision of those who formulated the Pittsburgh Promise.
Considering IUP’s pedigree as a premier institution for teacher training, the IUP Promise Plus fits perfectly into our mission of academic excellence and community partnerships. We are grateful for the Heinz Endowments’ confidence in our ability to play a role in the region’s preservation and growth by facilitating life-changing ventures for the children of Pittsburgh.
Partnerships provide IUP with the much-needed critical mass to excel. There are bountiful opportunities to expand our relationships for the good of our institution. After all, what we do is all about our students and enhancing our faculty’s resources to strengthen our learning environment. I challenge all of our constituents—alumni, donors, friends, etc.—to help us open the doors for future partnerships that will continue the path of excellence at IUP.
More from the Fall-Winter 2010 Issue of IUP Magazine
IUP’s Promise Plus program brings Pittsburgh students and their parents to campus for an exercise in imagination.
In the wake of last spring’s oil-rig catastrophe, two IUP professors talk about what can be done to restore the oceans to health.
Stephenson Hall, Pratt Plaza, Heritage Garden, and a view from the sky
Highlights about IUP faculty members, past and present
Athletic Hall of Fame inductions, sports update, and the Coal Bowl Trophy
IUP Magazine Web Exclusives
October 15, 2010
Jim Krenn ’83 talks about how he came to sit behind the microphone at WDVE.
August 21, 2010
IUP honors those lost in service to their country.
June 30, 2010
What distinguishes our Western Pennsylvania dialect?